BioHack: Drinking Water Before Bed

Drinking Water Before Bed Leads to Many Health Benefits Especially for the Kidneys

Our planet, which is about 71% water, is a stunning reflection of the make up of the human body. Our bodies are mostly made of water. Keeping our fluid levels up is essential for allowing optimal function in our day-to-day activities. Without this precious resource running through our system we would soon find ourselves withering up, similar to plants that have been neglected. I cannot stress enough how important it is to drink plenty of water and maintain proper hydration. We may think that we are augmenting our liquid intake by substituting this with other beverages, such as juice, coffee, and soda, but water contains essential minerals and nutrients that our bodies need. By drinking water before bed, we give our bodies the opportunity to store up those nutrients and in turn we help ourselves remain in tip-top shape.

Hydration restoration

Throughout the day we sweat, go to the bathroom, and exert ourselves causing the fluid in our system to be expunged. This loss is normal, so drinking down that nice refreshing glass of water will replace what is lost throughout the day. We must constantly remind ourselves that we are mostly made up of water. In order to move around efficiently and stay healthy, we need to stay hydrated. Sleeping doesn’t exert that much effort, so fluid loss is pretty minimal. That glass of water before bed goes a long way; replacing the fluids that were used up during the day. Therefore, you should consider drinking a full glass of water before bed. It’s been suggested that you have a glass about one to two hours before you go to sleep. That way, you avoid any emergency bathroom visits in the middle of the night. Each person is different, so you have to figure out what works best for you.

Feel the burn

Drinking a glass of water naturally burns calories. Hot or warm water can boost your metabolism, and additionally, can aid in losing weight. Since the body doesn’t intake food while we’re sleeping, it will burn the extra calories left over from the day even as we blissfully snooze away. It may be ironic, but sleeping should be considered a calorie burning activity. This one of the many important reasons why you should be drinking water before bed.

Refuel your Energy

Just like a car that has reached low fuel levels, indicating a need for some intervention, we also need to have our vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients refueled in our systems. Drinking water is one of the best way to achieve this. Our hormones, muscles, joints, and energy levels balance out, especially when we drink some water before bedtime. The body naturally relaxes and we find ourselves quite rejuvenated the following morning, more than ready to face the day. Overnight, the water consumed will spread to various parts of our body that need such replenishment. This naturally happens more efficiently in our sleep. By putting this into practice, we’ll find our muscles, minerals, vitamins more in sync and the positive effect is that it indeed makes us feel a whole lot better.

Flush out those toxins!

There is also a natural cleanse that occurs when we take in more water into our bodies. Unfortunately, due to our present environment, toxins inevitably surround us and attack us from many angles. Even the food we eat may contain some of these toxic substances. Since we make a supreme effort to consistently keep our fluid levels up, this empowers our internal systems to excrete these waste products. We take in more of the good and flush out more of the bad. Our skin feels more refreshed, our muscles get more energized, and our digestive tract prepares itself for more doses of healthy eating. Losing weight will come easier and the body will no longer feel lethargic because it is functioning as it should. This wouldn’t be possible without regular water intake. If you’re asking how to properly hydrate your body, the answer is to get plenty of water.

Reduce the risk of forming kidney stones

If you backslide and find yourself failing to drink enough water, kidney stones can form. Minerals and salts that are collected in your kidneys may in time become hard deposits. Lack of water can cause kidney stones to develop, bringing with it some harmful effects to parts of your urinary tract. This area runs the length mainly from your kidneys to your bladder. Minerals tend to crystallize and cluster together when the urine becomes too concentrated. Attempting to pass these kidney stones may become quite a painful endeavor. If discovered early enough, these stones won’t cause any permanent damage. The usual prescription is to drink lots of water and ingest some pain medication. Surgery could be possible, if the stones have grown to a size unable to pass through your urine. If not treated, this may lead to a urinary infection. It’s always a good thing to consult with your physician for preventive treatment so you reduce your chances of forming these stones.

Stones may be imminent if …

Even if it’s just a little stone, symptoms may not be felt until there is movement around your kidney or it begins its’ journey into your ureter. Once severe pain is felt on your sides in the back and below the ribs, that might be a sign your stone is trying to pass. Pain emanating from the lower abdomen and groin, or a pain that fluctuates in intensity and attacks in waves, may again be the stone letting its’ presence be known. If urination becomes painful, your urine is cloudy with a nauseating smell, or has a pink, red, or brownish hue, you should check in with your doctor immediately. If you find yourself peeing too often and feel nauseated or feverish, let your doctor check if kidney stones are causing the problem. The pain may also move depending on the location it finds itself in the urinary tract.

Other Risk Factors to Consider

Genetic Predisposition If one of your close relatives developed kidney stones, your shared DNA could make you susceptible to such a condition. If you’ve had kidney stones before, you’re more likely to develop them again. Lack of Water Because your body is thirsting for more fluids, denying what it needs may lead to the development of stones. Living in warmer climates where perspiration is more prevalent can also increase the risk. It’s What You Eat Too much salt in your food intake may lead to higher calcium deposits. This may not be flushed out efficiently due to the high consumption of such foods. Some proteins and sugar may also be contributing factors. Watch Your Weight Being overweight not only makes one susceptible to kidney stones, but other health concerns may be triggered as well. Past Surgeries or Digestion Conditions Any surgery that may affect absorption of calcium and water increases the chances of stones forming in your kidneys. Certain digestive issues may also bring about similar effects. Please also consult with your health care professional if other issues exhibit the same adverse causes. Always be aware of the vulnerable areas within the kidney, bladder, and urinary tract.

Don’t forget the importance of proper hydration

Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll find yourself more willing to drink lots of water in the future. For any other medical concerns, don’t wait until the last minute to see your doctor. If you find that anything doesn’t seem right, go straight for medical help. Drinking water before bed and when you wake up is good for your body. Consuming more all throughout the day will keep you at your very best. All it takes is getting enough water into your system. It’s that easy to follow. With all the demands of modern life, one tends to forget these basic health hacks, I get it. Do yourself a favor, don’t ignore what your body needs, unless you prefer to be hospitalized for something that’s easily preventable.