Do you know what happens to your body as soon as you wake up? You would be fascinated to know. Especially since you cannot just walk right out of bed upon waking even after a good night’s sleep. Your body needs to go through some steps in order for you to get to that point. Let’s go over 7 fascinating things your body does each morning without you even knowing.
Your Temperature Slowly Rises
When you are sleeping, your temperature drops about 0.9 F give or take, especially between 4 to 5 am, if you have been sleeping long before that. But as soon as you start waking up, your temperature begins to rise and that is because you are moving and active again, and awake.
Cortisol is the stress hormone, and melatonin is the sleep hormone that suppresses cortisol. And once melatonin is suppressed, your cortisol rises. This means your body becomes stressed upon waking – even if there is nothing to really stress about. But you will feel stressed upon waking for this reason alone.
Your Cortisol Levels Decline
You need those cortisol levels high in the morning as it is responsible for keeping your system functioning. However, you don’t want them too high as that causes problems. But as long as you relax after the initial stress response that you get from early in the morning, your cortisol levels will begin to decline as your morning progresses. It will decline at a pace that is correct for your circadian rhythm.
Your Dehydrated Which Is Why Your Breath Is Bad
Between sweating while sleeping and your saliva production from going down as you sleep, bacteria in your mouth are breeding the most as your mouth is dry and dark. That is why you have morning breath. But once you brush your teeth and drink some water, that will kill off the morning breath bacteria.
Your Colon Begins To Contract
When you are sleeping the food in your stomach is digesting and your colon is also relaxed. However, as soon as you wake up your colon contracts three times harder than at any other time of the day. That is why as soon as you wake up, you need to do #2 quite badly unless you are constipated which is another unrelated issue altogether.
Your Digestive System Gets Moving
Yes, you have been digesting food as you have been sleeping but at the same time, your enzymes begin working as soon as you wake up. You have been fasting for 8 hours or longer, and you are ready to eat after waking up. That is where the term ‘break-fast’ came because you are eating your first meal to break a fast that you had overnight while you were sleeping.
Your Melatonin Begins To Produce Once Again
Yes, your melatonin levels hit its peak late at night when you are ready to sleep, and as soon as you wake up, they drop. But once your morning progresses and you are out and about, your melatonin begins to produce once again. It produces more in the sunlight as well.
Now you know what interesting things your body does each morning without you even knowing. As you sleep, your body is regenerating and repairing itself which is why sleep is important. But once you wake up, then your body begins to function for the day again.