Sleep has many roles in keeping us healthy, and one of the benefits of sleep is growth
hormone, which our body produces during sleep. Growth hormone is responsible for
repairing and rebuilding tissues, so if you are not sleeping well or not enough hours,
your body can’t heal itself.
Contrary to what we usually hear, the optimal sleep is 9 hours, not 8, but most of
us can’t physically sleep 9 hours without getting up. Why? It is because our adrenal
glands are very worn out due to the following reasons:
• Unstable blood sugar level
• Emotional stress
• Too much physical stress, including over-exercising
• Increased inflammation
• Allergies (seasonal/food)
• Lack of quality sleep
• And more
Our adrenal glands produce cortisol to manage various types of stress, but when they
become fatigued, we often wake up in the middle of the night. Many people mistakenly
think they are waking up due to urination, but providing nutrients to adrenal glands
often enables people to sleep longer. Some of my patients have reported being able
to sleep for 9 hours.
Recognizing and managing stress improve our heath as well as quality of our lives.
The stress nutrition seminar is coming up on 9/24 (Sat), so please don’t miss it.