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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


What really happens when your head hits the pillow? Sure, sleep fulfills some very basic needs -- like maintaining your physical and mental health, not to mention preparing you for those crucial daytime hours. But a lot more happens after the lights go out. Did you know that sleep affects your memory, your heart, and even the health of your teeth? Here, are some of sleep's strangest facts.

Flexing Memory

From a special vacation to a holiday gathering, long-term memories are predominantly formed during sleep when the brain replays recent experiences.

Sleep to a Better Beat

A good night's sleep is essential for a healthy ticker. Lack of sleep can lead to hypertension.

Snooze and Smile

Tossing and turning can affect your smile. A Journal of Periodontology study shows that the amount of sleep you get can significantly affect your teeth. Researchers speculate that sleep shortage impairs the body's immune system, something that can lead to bad teeth.

Sleep to Your Own Rhythm

If you find yourself awake and energetic late at night, you may have a genetic mutation. The altered gene may explain why some people prefer late nights.

Getting by with Less

Some people can survive on very little sleep, while others require many hours to function normally. If you still perform relatively well when sleep deprived, the reason could be your genes.

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