Once in a while everybody gets one. A sleepless night. So what happens exactly then?
From the time you wake up you’re body makes adenosine. This makes you sleepier during the day. How later it is the more you got in your system. This works together with several other hormones. When te sun sets, part of the brain makes the well knows melatonin to get you ready for bed. Then the amino acid GABA goes to work en becomes the ‘sleep command’ active.
You go thinking about work, chore’s and other stuff you need to do tomorrow. Because of this the body makes adrenaline. The hart rate goes up. The adrenaline gets together with its buddy cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. The sucker level in the blood rises and you get alerter. You’re sleep and awake center in your brain start a fight together. Who will win? Or better what will win?
After a couple hours…..
You look at the clock. Grrr still awake! The frustratie makes you more awake. Another round of adrenaline and cortisol. You decide to watch a serie or go online. The light sends a signal to your body to wake up. And your brain gets another task.
After 5 hours….
The sleep center wins more and more. You finally fall asleep. But instead of easy and slow brainwaves. Are they fast and quick. The sleep is active.
After 7 hours…..
During the day…
The amygdala (where your emotional center lies) is because off the lack of sleep, more active than normal. This makes you emotional more instable. Quicker sad, happy or irritated. Your prefrontale cortex is also what foggier, this makes you less alert or concentrated. When you go to bed that evening, you will sleep very deep and comfortable.
1. 2 hour before bed no tv, laptop, iPad or phones. If you struggle the hard with this, dim the light of the screen. 2. Don’t use you’re mobile as an alarm clock. 3. If you sleep on you’re back lay the hands on the belly to concentrate on the breathing 4. For the brooder among you lay a pen and paper on the night stand to write the thoughts down.