Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Not getting enough sleep? it could be impacting your hormones and getting in the way of you reaching your wellness goals.
Lack of sleep can affect us in many ways including impacting our bodies' ability to regulate hormones. Over time this can lead to fatigue, weight gain, increased hunger, and anxiety.
Here Are A Few Ways That Sleep Impacts Our Hormones:
Lack of sleep impacts both your hunger hormones, ghrelin, and leptin. Ghrelin stimulates hunger, while leptin suppresses hunger by letting you know when you are full. When you are sleep-deprived leptin levels decrease and ghrelin levels increase. The end result is you feel more hungry.
Cortisol levels also become elevated as your body senses stress from lack of sleep. Cortisol levels should be low in the evening and then they gradually rise in the early morning as we wake. When we are lacking good quality sleep it can impact our bodies' ability to regulate cortisol.
Over time sleep deprivation can cause a decrease in sex hormones which leads to low libido, low energy, and faituge.
A good night's rest helps us maintain stable blood sugar levels which are needed for hormone balance.
It’s important to prioritize sleep for optimal health and wellbeing and hormone balance.
Here Are 5 Ways To Support Better Sleep:
Reduce caffeine and eliminate the afternoon coffee.
Create a consistent sleep schedule. Set an alarm in the morning and try and go to bed at the same time every night.
Supplement with magnesium in the evening before bed.
Create a nighttime routine. Read a book, dim the lights, journal, meditate.
Limit screen time 1 hour before bed.
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