You may have been harming your body while sleeping


We have to do some things almost necessarily to keep ourselves fit and fresh and one of those things is sleep. Scientists have been able to find out that we sleep in order to give time to our body to regenerate cells and repair the wear and tear that our bodies go through the day.

Sleep is also required for our brain to get some rest and plan for the coming day. But sometimes inadvertently, during our sleep, we may also harm our bodies in ways we don’t know. During the sleep, when we wake up, the brain actually flushes itself of toxins and other things that happens during the period of unconsciousness.

Here are some reasons as to how you may be harming yourself in the process of sleeping and ways to fix it.

1 Sleep

Sleeping is an activity in which our body and brain goes into a state of temporary unconsciousness. This state is necessary for organs to get some rest and rejuvenate themselves. It also provides rest to the brain and gives time for the body to heal from all the wear and tear that happened to it during the day.

Sleeping also helps the brain in regenerating the cells of the body that have been used up and also retrieve the memory of happenings throughout the day. It then also reboots the whole system of the body during the sleep and gets some rest itself.


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2 Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is one of the most important things that keep our body safe and sound. The function of the lymphatic system is to keep the waste and toxins out of the brain area. It filters the waste like dead cells and other things from the brain area and removes them from the body. It also keeps the body safe by carrying and sending the white blood cells to the part of the body where they are needed the most.

This area is controlled by the spleen and the lymphatic system depends on signals from spleen to keep functioning properly. The lymphatic system has lymph nodes which produce antibodies, when it detects something dangerous in the blood. These antibodies then fight and kill the foreign substance and keep the infections at bay.

These antibodies are carried by lymphatic vessels located near the heart and lungs, some in the groin area and under the armpits. Another system that becomes active during sleep is the glymphatic system and it plays an important role in our sleep.

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3 Connection between sleep and Lymphatic system

The glymphatic system removes waste from the brain and central nervous system and distributes lipids, essential amino acids and glucose. Failure of this system’s working can lead to disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and many more.

Since the glymphatic system is active during the sleep, the position that we sleep in becomes very important for it to work optimally. A study performed by The Journal of Neuroscience, found that the way and position we sleep in, was responsible for how glymphatic fluid was to be transported through the brain and what amount of the fluid came in and went out. For instance, people who sleep with their heads in an elevated position saw the smallest amount of fluid transport, but for people who slept with no head support and sides saw noteworthy transfer of fluid.

Connection between sleep and Lymphatic system

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4 The way to fix it

The best way to fix this problem is to know how to sleep properly. The best way to sleep is to keep a large pillow under the hips or with legs in order to aid the transfer of the fluid in the brain. You should try to keep your head lower than your legs and hips.

If your head is elevated above the legs and hips, the lymph nodes have to work extra hard to get the fluid to your brain. Therefore try and sleep without any pillows, or if you use pillows, you need to elevate the legs and hips at night.

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