Ever wondered what your body is like over a 24 hour period? what actually happens from waking up to sleeping and all the way through?
The First Part of The Day is Hardest on the Body
When we first wake up we are groggy and disorientated due to the effects of what is known as sleep inertia, our body temperatures are still relatively low but to compensate for this our blood pressure starts to rise the second we wake up, caused by an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which is why you can sometimes wake up crazy stressed about something that may not bother you an hour later. While this is happening, it’s advisable to shave first thing because you are more inclined to bleed less due to the abundance in blood clotting platelets at this point.
Our Concentration times Change with Age
For adults, we are most mentally active between 2-4 hours after first waking up, so loads of work always gets done before lunch and this is best time to sit and plan stuff you didn’t ever want to because you just couldn’t be bothered. In adults, we forget nearly 3 times as many facts we learn in the afternoon than the morning. Young adults, however, seem to react oppositely to this, becoming much more alert and attentive in the afternoon and in the evening.
Lunch is Hard
At lunch time, the body will expand and start to digest food through a system known as the enteric nervous system, which helps with the digestive process in making sure everything is is order, and that appropriate protection from the immune system is in place. after eating we have a mass amount of glucose in our blood, and this causes a small but noticeable boost in energy levels, for about half an hour maximum, because then insulin starts to store all that glucose away, which could be the cause of that afternoon fatigue. Studies have also shown you gain 20% more muscle strength by working out in the afternoon so this could also be a good time to hit the gym.
Even Sleeping Takes its toll
When we close our eyes at the end of a long day, the brain starts to secrete melatonin, a hormone which begins the sleep cycle. when we finally get into our REM sleep cycle the brain is just as active as it was all day, we’re just not rally sure why but at this point, the levels of neurotransmitters seem to drop, they have been shut off. This explains the weirdness in our dreams when we have no idea the logic or sense behind an idea, well the chemicals that control that weren’t working. We fall into deeper sleeps the longer we are in bed, ready for that groggy arousal first thing.