Hydration and sleep — we're dying of thirst in our sleep
Hydration and Sleep — We're Dying of Thirst in Our Sleep!
I can read your thoughts right now:
“Oh no… Another guy that's going to talk about drinking 8 glasses of water a day…”
If you're not drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, chances are you are creating a water deficit in your body. Here's a break down of how much water your body uses every day:
• Your Intestines: about 1/2 cups of water
• Breathing: about 1 and 1/3 cups of water
• Your Lungs: about 2 cups
• Your Skin: about 2 cups of water
• Your Kidneys: about 5 and 1/2 cups of water!
Under normal conditions, the body loses approximately 12 cups of water every day!
The main effect of dehydration is seen in your blood, your blood clumps together and can't carry oxygen to all the parts of your body. As an effect, you'll feel tired, low on energy, and your immune system will be lowered.
Studies show that most people are so dehydrated, they mistake the body's natural call for water for hunger! Most people find it difficult to start drinking 8 cups of water a day, and see it as too much of a “chore”. However, this is usually only because your body has adapted to chronic dehydration. Once you start drinking more water and give your body the message that “Hey, we have water! We can have all we want!” it will get the point, and you will actually get thirsty more often!
Speaking from my personal experience, when I decided to quit drinking all the crap I was taking in every day (Pop, Coffee, Juice), and drink nothing but water, I saw the effects immediately. I had dandruff and all kinds of skin problems for years which disappeared in less than 3 days after I started drinking water! I had more energy, and decreased my sleeping time by 2 hours.
Interestingly enough, after about 6 months of drinking nothing but water, I accidentally picked up a cup with Pepsi in it and took a sip. IT FELT LIKE I WAS SWOLLOWING 20 scoops of sugar! It was absolutely disgusting and I almost gagged!
The challenge for our bodies that we're constantly presenting is drinking fluids that aren't part of what our bodies were meant to take in naturally. Our bodies cope with it and “adapt”. The moment you start giving your body what it really needs and deserves, it will thank you for it, and it won't want to go back to the other crap!
So how does water affect your sleep?
During deep sleep our blood vessels dilate, and most of the blood which is usually stored in our inner organs throughout the day travels into our muscles to repair them. If your body is dehydrated, your blood clumps together and doesn't get to all the places it needs to, it doesn't carry enough oxygen to all your muscles.
During REM sleep, respiration and blood pressure escalate dramatically, blood flow to the brain and muscles also increases.
Most people wake up in the morning extremely thirsty. Sleeping without water in your system is the equivalent of running an 8 hour marathon without a water break!
Also, a large portion of our energy during the night goes into our digestive system, which also relies heavily on water! If your system is more hydrated, your body will spend less energy digesting food during the night, and put more focus into giving you better sleep. As a result, you'll sleep less, and feel much more ENERGIZED and REFRESHED in the morning.
Proper hydration also plays a major role in helping your body temperature rhythm adjust. The more hydrated you are the easier it is for your body to control your body temperature.