Category: Water and Physiology

 

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.

Examining a Different Perspective

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 Nervous System Can be Disturbed by Accumulated Acids

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!

As children we rarely understand how to monitor our body. We may suddenly feel weak, not knowing why, and we depend on our parents to correct our actions. We end up inheriting the knowledge and wisdom of our parents, who were nurtured in similar ways by their parents, thus shaping an entire generation upon a range of perspectives. It becomes so acceptable to view health and body in a particular way, that an entire culture keeps the new maturing intelligences on a fixed path.

Our parents have gone through many experiences to determine, by our behavior, what is affecting us adversely which could give us a guide on how to monitor the body’s activities and symptoms. However, we are limited to the level of observational skills and education they attained, which in many cases is compromised by the self-inflicted “numbing lifestyles” they choose to live or has been handed down to them.

The body receives substances from the foods we eat and must utilize the transporting properties of water to handle and distribute materials – so called “nutrients”. The body depends on adequate water in order to break down these materials into an adequate size (catabolism), so when water does not enter in proper proportions to the ingested substances the body must compensate by allocating water from the surrounding tissues.

Therefore, many people experience physical exhaustion after a meal. They find themselves having to ”rest and digest” before they can return to work. Simply, their body is too low on its water reserves to handle the load, therefore water from different areas in the body is relocated to the basic processes of digestion and elimination. This temporary allocation of water from the muscles, joints and nervous system places people in a trance state and impairs their motor skills.

Dehydration is an event; albeit
a physiologically impairing event.

It has the potential of temporarily reducing your performance, or tricking your biology into operating under “lesser than optimal” conditions.

It has been scientifically documented that when babies are born they come into the world with 75% water by weight. However, when statistics were drawn for adults, the percentage of water reported is between 50-60%. Even more so, obese people have less than 50% water by weight[1][2]. Why, where did all that water disappear to? One can simply explain this away by choosing to see it as a matter of natural growth consequences, but when taking into consideration that every cell has a need for a specific volume of water in order to operate optimally, than that explanation falls between the cracks.

For such a drastic alteration in the volume of water to occur, one has to undergo a series of episodes, whereby the body had been stressed in varying ways and not  allowed to recover in between. Instead of recognizing the real issue and replenishing the fluid needs of the body, we end up acclimating to the new volume capacity of water available. Thus our performance gradually declines, year after year, episode after episode, until acidity conditions accumulate and a suitable environment for degenerative diseases develops.

Back when I was in middle school, I had a dehydration episode while out on a school fieldtrip. While hiking with my classmates, I was struck with searing pain in my lower right abdomen. My parents went out of their way to pick me up and take me to an emergency room. The fear was that I may be experiencing a ruptured appendicitis, but turns out I was simply dehydrated. Cases like these are not unheard of. People suffer from headaches, migraines, fatigue or inflammatory bowels and never consider the possibility that it could originate from improper fluid management. They simply experience the crisis and depend on others to relieve their suffering.

I didn’t recognize back then, even after my episode, the importance of adequate water intake which could explain much of the issues my body had as time went on. I’ve had many episodes following too much sun exposure, or long flights without water, or times when I would binge on meals and fall into a food coma. In each case, the body was stretched to its limits and lit warning signs. The body wanted me to pay closer attention to a missing element it needed so desperately, to question my situation and rectify the problem at its root before severe damage occurs.

Given that we are sacks of water
holding up a carbon-based frame,
the loss of fluid is the loss of cellular integrity.

Our desire from our body to express movement exerts its own demands on the battery cells to fulfill our wishes. However, the body is made of local materials in a composition that permits the fluid nature of thought to be expressed through our mechanical apparatus.

Where each person ends up in life is determined by the collection of self-realizations they attained. Knowing something crucial about your physiology, as crucial as the effect of dehydration on its performance, can aid you in better self-assessments and real recoveries from injuries and diseases. Overeating and vigorous exercise are actions that may lead you into episodes of physical stress. Such actions exert demands from the organism for water to be allocated to simple processes of digestion, elimination, energy production and tissue recovery. When the body doesn’t receive adequate water as a prevention or recovery measure, bodily processes stagnate and overall performance is impacted.

To integrate further wisdom, I have designed and produced a course called ”Water and Physiology”, which builds you up, concept by concept, to comprehend your physiology and eliminate the preconceived misconceptions. Empower yourself; take your physiology to the next level – to its original level it was always designed to be.

References:

[1] Body Water – Wikipedia

[2] The Water in You – U.S. Geological Survey

 

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