AgeologyBetterSleep MonthSleep and hormones protect our hearts, our memory and keeps our waist lines from bulging. They also help to keep diabetes, obesity, stress and chronic diseases in check.

A good night’s sleep, just like nutrition, exercise and balanced hormones, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many people miss getting the seven to eight hours of sleep each night recommended by Ageology’s hormone therapy and sleep expert physicians.

Why is sleep important?

During sleep your body does most of its self balancing. Important hormones are released and modulated, especially those which have to do with aging; melatonin, Growth Hormones (GH) and cortisol. As we age, our body loses hormones and these hormonal changes impact the length and quality of our sleep. Losing sleep is proven to have negative health impacts including, increased risks of chronic diseases and conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension

“In addition to hormonal shifts, sleep apnea is a very common cause of sleep problems, especially in women,”  said Ageology’s Dr. Mark Rosenbloom. “And what many men and women don’t realize is that you don’t  need to snore in order to have sleep apnea. But if you do snore, this can cause you to wake up frequently during the night and be very tired during the day;  leading to a viscous cycle of disruptive and unhealthy sleep.”

Rosenbloom added, “With the latest technology;  sleep apnea is very easy to test for, and you do not need to go to a sleep clinic and spend the night away from home, all hooked up to wires.”

If you are sleep deprived and looking for some healthy snooze time, Ageology offers some tips for sleep challenged.

7 Sleep Tips for Better Health

  1. Sleep at least 8 hours a night  in total darkness to optimize melatonin production.
  2. Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  3. Sleep in a dark, well-ventilated space at a comfortable temperature.
  4. Try to avoid stimulating activities within two hours of bedtime.
  5. Stay away from caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol in the evening.
  6. Make it a goal not to go bed on a full or empty stomach.
  7. Take a long hard look at your habits while falling asleep; consider what keeps you up at night, what isn’t working.

For more tips on how to get a better night’s sleep see our previous post Ageology Hormone Report: 5 Tips to Better Sleep and Happy Hormones.

Balancing your hormones can lead to a better night’s sleep and a better night’s sleep will lead to more balanced hormones. If you think you might be suffering from hormonal imbalances or sleep apnea; get on track with an appointment with your Ageology physician today.

Ageology Expert Source: Mark Rosenbloom, M.D.

Dr. Mark Rosenbloom has practiced Preventive, Age Management, or Emergency Medicine for over 20 years and is a recognized expert and author on vitamin toxicity, medical error reduction, and medical informatics. Dr. Rosenbloom is the winner of multiple academic awards, including the prestigious Sigmund S. Winton award in Biochemistry.