If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, it is important to understand the role that the endocrine system plays during sleep. Contrary to the image we paint in our minds, sleep is not a passive process that occurs when the body shuts down at the end of a day. Instead, sleep is an active process and your regulatory system actually depends upon crucial cues received during various phases of sleep. In fact, certain hormonal secretions actually increase during the time you are asleep. Your sleep quality, or need to get better sleep, can be impacted by unhealthy aging and lifestyle factors, such as having an irregular sleep schedule. When you fail to get enough sleep your body will adapt, but impaired cognitive functions, mood instability and future sleep problems are more likely to occur.
How to Improve Sleep Quality
Sleep is not just something to fill time while we are inactive. Although it is true that older individuals often get less sleep due to medications or everyday aches and pains, adults need a good night’s sleep for many reasons, including:
- Adults need 8 hours sleep
- Sleep is a very active event
- Hormones are secreted during sleep
- Brain actively regulates sleep quality
- All sleep debts must be repaid
Most importantly, sleep is not an option. Sleep is a behavioral state and sleep quality can impact how our endocrine system secretes hormones while our body is at rest. The release of growth hormones and hormones that support maturational and reproductive processes are among the secretions released during sleep. If your need for sleep is not met, your body will require that the debt is paid.
Undiagnosed lifestyle factors or other medical issues can limit the amount of quality sleep you get at night and contribute to hormonal imbalances. Use our website’s convenient contact form or call us directly to get started today.