We are all aware of the significance of a good night’s sleep. It’s critical to get a good night’s sleep every night, whether it’s to wake up energized or to become more productive. When you don’t get it, you not only feel groggy and tired, but you can also cause damage to your body. How well we sleep, in particular, can have an effect on our hormones.
How are our hormones and sleep cycle interconnected?
Our hormonal system has a one-of-a-kind relationship with our sleep cycle. Not only does sleep affect our hormonal levels, but our hormonal levels can also affect how we sleep—too little or too much sleep can cause essential hormones, such as those that regulate our hunger, stress, and adrenaline levels, to become overactive. The most significant can be the amount of time you do not sleep well or clock in the required number of hours to get a good night’s sleep. Aside from tiredness, we’ll go over some of the other ways sleep deprivation can mess with your hormones.
Misbalance insulin levels
Insulin is a vital hormone that regulates how well your body handles sugar and glucose. When you don’t get enough sleep or are sleep deprived, you increase your adrenalin stress and insulin resistance, which, as studies have shown, leads to abnormalities and disruptions in sugar and insulin regulation. It can increase one’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over time.
Make you prone to eating more than you need
One of the most serious consequences of a lack of sleep is poor eating habits. When you don’t get enough sleep, you wake up groggy and tired, and you’ll probably feel the need to eat more frequently. This is due to the fact that sleeping for fewer hours has an effect on the functioning of ghrelin, a hunger hormone that controls and stimulates appetite. As a result, when you don’t get enough sleep, you tend to eat more than usual.
Leptin is another hunger hormone that is affected by irregular sleep patterns. Leptin tells your body when it’s safe to stop eating. Leptin levels that are disrupted will fail to alert your body properly, throw off regular eating cycles, and make you vulnerable to bingeing or overeating. This is why people who are sleep-deprived feel hungrier than others.
Impacts cortisol levels
Cortisol is the primary stress hormone in the body. It’s natural to feel tense and stressed when you don’t get enough sleep. This, in turn, raises cortisol levels and causes a slew of other issues that have an impact on your health. As a result, it is critical to regularly reduce and control stress levels, as well as work toward ensuring a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
There’s another way that stress can affect your sleep. When cortisol levels are high, melatonin, a natural hormone that promotes sleep and rest, can become out of balance. High levels of stress and anxiety, if not managed properly, can lead to a traumatic cycle and make it difficult to sleep.
Makes you experience a lower sex drive
Not getting enough sleep can also have a negative impact on your sex drive. While a healthy sex drive benefits the body, not getting enough sleep can increase cortisol production. When the body is under a lot of stress and there are high levels of cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, which are your main sex hormones, toss. Imbalances in these important sex hormones can have an impact on your libido, performance, and sex drive.
Affects thyroid functioning
The amount of time you spend sleeping can be detrimental to thyroid function. The thyroid is more than just an important gland that helps vital functions; lack of sleep can cause critical levels of TSH to be disrupted (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Disrupted TSH levels, in turn, can wreak havoc on the body’s processes, making you more hungry, stressed out, have a slow-functioning metabolism, and leave you feeling fatigued and drained. Hair loss is another possibility.