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Sleep is something more than that part of the day where you close your eyes. Sleep is a process by which your body repairs itself and recharge for the next day. Twelve sleep surprising facts.

1) Less sleep, more wrinkles

A chronic lack of sleep is bad for the health, more prone to all kinds of problems; a worse sex life to failure to it. Less known is that sleep deprivation promotes the appearance of fine lines in the face. A part of the normal aging is night restored, but that good work comes almost to a standstill with prolonged sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation also increases cortisol, which thwarts the operation of the huidverstevigend collagen.

2) Sleep deprivation? fat faster

People who get too little sleep are more likely to be overweight . A sleep deprivation leads to a disturbed metabolism and an imbalance between the hormones greline and leptin. Greline makes you want to get food and leptin tells your body when you’ve eaten enough. Due to lack of sleep you get more greline and less leptin, and increases your appetite so far, and moreover your digestive system does not work optimally.

3) Lots of natural light for good sleep

Who is the day exposed to much light makes the evening enough of the sleep hormone melatonin to. In the dark season is exposure to daylight is extra important. But bright light in the evening just slows down melatonin production. This phenomenon also occurs if you have let sit for a computer.

4) Thicker by bright bedroom

A good dark room is important for a good sleep. A little artificial light, if only your alarm clock, disrupts according to several studies the sleep-wake cycle in humans. It is suspected that nocturnal light also leads to a poorer metabolism and impaired cell division.

5) Poor sleep, poor memory

A bad night’s sleep has a demonstrably adverse effect on the operation of the memory, as is evident from Dutch research. A good, deep sleep to the hippocampus and cerebral cortex together good store important information. Who much to learn, to try to avoid light, disturbed sleep.

6) Convertible and sports help each other

Recent studies show that there is a strong link between exercise during the day and sleep quality. Who is struggling to sleep or have a very light sleep, sleep can improve significantly by exercising at least four times a week for twenty minutes. A little running, the best help line in a gym or a large piece of cycling. Who sleeps better will have a better sense of movement, making exercise and good sleep can keep each other alive.

7) Banana Smoothie better than milk

A glass of warm milk may promote sleep a little by the amino acid tryptophan, a raw material for the sleep hormone melatonin. The majority of the tryptophan is, however, restrained by the blood-brain barrier. Who takes some light carbohydrates in milk, for example, a cracker, the brain is more receptive to tryptophan. Or take a banana, which are both tryptophan and carbohydrates. Even better, according to Australian research: a milk / banana smoothie.

8) Sleeping unhealthy

If too little sleep is bad, too much sleep than healthy? Research shows that people who often longer than eight hours sleep more than average have the same sleep problems as people who sleep too short. Long sleep disrupts the biorhythm and disrupts memory functions.

9) Why teenagers sleep

Teenagers need more sleep (nine) than adults, but they are late in the evening sleepy. The result is that they have trouble getting up and late risers. The disadvantage is that they get too little daylight in the morning. That loss makes them late again become sleepy.

10) No one sleeps in one go

The idea that you’ve just had a good night’s sleep when you sleep through in one sitting, is a misconception. In normal sleep, a man many times a night awake. This waking moments you do not always consciously. You make five cycles of deep sleep by, each lasting approximately one and a half hours. After each cycle you wake up here, and in between there are also many small half-awake moments.

11) pulling on duvet largest annoyance

People who in one way or another suffer from the sleep behavior of their partner miss an average of two hours a night. Snoring is a common problem, but pulling on the comforter itself by folding partner is the most common annoyance shown by British research.

12) Special Issue by nocturnal Twittering

Although smartphones, netbooks and tablet computers make it easy to do even with something as email, chat or twitter in bed, they promote good sleep not. Researchers in the US say that sending text messages at late hours especially increases in adolescents alarmingly, with daytime learning and concentration problems as a result.

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