You already know about a lot of the things your body does while you’re awake. Basic functions such as walking and eating are second nature, and so you probably don’t think about them that often. However, there are many functions that happen while awake that you’re not conscious of (such as digestion), and that principle also applies to when you’re in a deep slumber.
From muscle paralysis to temporarily growing in height, here are some of the weirder things that happen to your body while you’re dozing.
You Experience Paralysis
According to Woman’s Day, temporary paralysis (also known as “atonia”) is a necessary function during sleep so you don’t try to act out your dreams. You might have experienced this on a more conscious level when waking or falling into a deep sleep, and it prevents you from running or calling out from an imaginary threat.
The source also notes that some people have a disorder that allows them to move around while dreaming, but that it’s not a good thing. It’s called REM Behavior Disorder, and it can cause you to lash out or have emotional outbursts during the night – which can lead to injury or waking up your partner.