The Power of Sleep

Health | January 1, 2018


In this modern times, a good night's sleep is always regarded by many as an unnecessary call of nature. Many people often disregard their body's call to bedtime thinking that they can always choose to delay their sleeping time.

This always happens among young people who choose to stay awake late at night because of mobile games or perhaps watching TV. Young people often give low regard to sleep. They do not bother about the consequences of having not enough sleep every night. This humble article aims to at least provide some information about the power of sleep and why should we need to always heed our body's call to bedtime.

Sleeping Allows Our Body To Repair Itself

It does not take a genius to confirm this one as everyone in their sane mind have already observed or experienced this when we encounter an injury or wounds in our body. Sleeping is a major factor to provide rest to our body in order to repair its damages. This is not only applicable to major injuries or wounds.

Everyday our body gets worn out or stressed out because of the activities or challenges that we encounter in our life. But our body always have this mechanism to repair smaller worn outs everyday to prevent it from becoming serious. This is a natural process that needs to take effect every night. Our body is program into this, that is why we always becomes sleepy when the right time to sleep comes. So, if you resist your body's call for sleep, it means that you deny your body to repair itself. The damages in our body, no matter how small it is, if not fixed will eventually becomes bigger and could posed serious threat to your health.

Sleeping Clears Away Toxic Substance In The Brain

Many studies have shown strong evidence that enough good night sleep is necessary to keep our memory sharp. Every day when we are awake, our brain accumulates some harmful neurotoxic wastes that makes us slow, worn-out and dull as the day goes by. When these toxic substances are not cleared away in the brain our cognitive function will slow down. This is the very reason why we become tired, confused and slow to comprehend things around us when we lack too much sleep.

Moreover, according to a study conducted by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard at University of Rochester, sleep's restorative function is a consequence of the removal of those harmful neurotoxic wastes. That seemed to be a very important activity that needs to take place inside our brain to improve our cognitive function and that will only happen during sleep.

Sleeping Sharpens Memory

Having enough sleep helps in fixing the damaged neural connection in the brain. It also strengthens the newly created neural connection so that we can easily retrieve the information that we store into our brain.

Staying too late at night memorizing for a quiz the next day may not be the best way to do it. You are not only stressing out your brain but also depriving it to repair itself.

Sleep Is A Major Factor For Fast Recovery

Sleep is powerful and a necessary process to make our body strong and healthy. Even if you choose not to have it, our body will always demand it from you. No doubt, it is one of the most effective way to heal, restore and fix the damages that occurs inside the complex system of our body.

From small to major illnesses sleep is a great factor for recovery but more than it is one major factor to prevent serious health issues. In this modern times, modern people (specially the young ones) often trade sleeping time to short time pleasures like playing mobile games all night long or going to a late night party more often. This should not be happening. If you have this kind of lifestyle, you should stop it right now because sleep deprivation is a serious concern.