Have you ever gone to bed and tossed and turned for hours? Was it your continuous attempt at quieting the busy mind? There may be a correlation between Insomnia and Dehydration that most people miss, including you, and understanding the many factors that indicate the connection between the two may shed light on it, let alone give you a reason to hydrate before you go to bed.
In this article we will examine the Science which helps us understand why it is difficult to fall asleep while the Drought Management Mechanism is activated.
The mechanism that is turned on when the organism recognizes an extreme scarcity in water is the “Drought Management Mechanism”. The body spends considerable energy in allocating water and processing materials to the benefit of its survival through this situation. An example is the prioritization of organs, like the allocation of water from the lower organs to the higher ones, or for example the sacrificing of certain amino acids.
Tryptophan is an amino acid involved in the wake-sleep cycle in humans, yet, for some reason its levels decrease in the body during stressful situations. When the body experiences water shortages, certain amino acids are sacrificed – broken down – in order to maintain a very specific composition of a reserve pool of amino acids. One such amino acid which is sacrificed is tryptophan, whose loss impacts the manufacturing of neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
Basically, tryptophan is a building block that is present in the structure of both serotonin and melatonin. But, apparently, water shortage – dehydration – acts as a stressor on the organism, which in turn causes the organism to invest considerable energy in downsizing the amino acid pool reserves to suit the current water volume. So tryptophan is broken down and the concentrations of serotonin and melatonin are downsized as well.
Now it seems quite simple to recognize how the decrease in water leads to the decrease in tryptophan levels, consequently impacting the body’s ability to coordinate sleep throughout the system.
However, a more compelling and common-sense explanation may make it easier to recognize the significance of this phenomenon.
When was the last time you were able to fall asleep while you experienced ongoing stress? Could it be that an organism in its desire to “relax” require a comfortable range of environmental conditions? Would water scarcity trigger the body to signal its restlessness to the mind as a mechanism to inform it that stress exists in vast populations of organs and tissues? Why would the body let its host drift into a state of unconscious existence while tissues are under accumulated stress?
These questions posed above are designed to invoke within you an internal reasoning. How does your body let you know its state of being? Simply, through the experiences you earned following the actions you’ve taken. Your mind cannot shut off while the body is in a process of survival. Yes, your body is attempting to balance its internal fluid composition, and the organism will be urged to remain present until the stress is lifted.
Have you ever gone on a camping trip in an arid climate or walked for hours across a city you were visiting? Your demands to experience certain things exerts its own demands on the body, which in turn utilizes water and in certain situations even loses it. What happened to me repeatedly as a result of these trips without proper hydration was a state of debilitating migraines which left me tossing and turning in bed.
In this case, re-hydrating the body will lift that stress, as it is the replenishment of fluids that wash away the disturbing effects of accumulated acidity. The many stressors you experience or inflict on your body result in a systematic and corresponding accumulation of acidity in the tissues. The stressors are reactive chemical species that cause water to be utilized and lost. The gradual loss of water means a proportionate concentration of non-fluid materials, in this case substances with acidic properties. To wash these acids out of the tissues can only be achieved by the addition of water (and salt – to be elaborated upon separately).
The fluid volume in the nervous system, which is anyways larger by 5% from the fluid volume of other tissues, is under stress from accumulated acids. These acids disturb cells due to their damaging effects on cell components – starting with cell membranes. The accumulation of acids in nerve tissues could also be the nagging element in keeping the nerves busy.
All in all, you wish to have the capacity to rest, and I am here to provide you with a perspective that could lead you to an educated conclusion on this topic of Insomnia. Perhaps taking drugs to cross that threshold has provided you the solution in the past, but now you crave knowledge that could empower you to use natural methods of attaining the same. The ability to rest is a cellular expression, and it appears to be granted to the “conscious host” when the right conditions are met.
Water is the main component in our world with which biology is able to come to life and function. Substances are ennobled within biological systems that have adequate water, yet fall apart in environments that are scarce in this basic element. A decrease in the water percentage of the body appears to stress the organism into a mode of prioritizing organs, and as such certain processes take precedence over others for the survival of the corporeal body.
Your body talks to you, so keep your diet clean to keep your performance up. It’s always right to start with the basics – hydrate!