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Sleep & Your Hormones: What You Need to Know

August 18, 2017


How well you sleep depends on your hormones - here's why

For something that is not supposed to require a lot of conscious effort, getting a good night's sleep can be pretty complicated. According to studies that have been conducted by sleep specialists around the globe, the quality of your shuteye can be influenced by everything from how many steps you took that day and whether you had a blowout row with your partner, to how much screen-time you clocked and whether you crossed time zones.

We've known for quite some time now that sleep is imperative for our bodies to replenish its hormonal resources, so we may enjoy stable energy levels, a healthy appetite, mental stability and even immunity from certain diseases. But did you know that it also works the other way around? Your hormones, testosterone and oestrogen in particular, can affect how well you sleep. If you have been experiencing a sudden disturbance in your sleep patterns, it could very well be connected to your hormonal levels, and understanding the connection could help you to regain a restful status quo.

Here’s a very basic rundown of how hormones affect whether you get a good night’s rest:

  • If you experience ongoing stress, your pituitary gland releases the stress hormones cortisone and cortisol that makes it difficult to 'switch off' and relax.
  • The hormone melatonin is released when it gets dark and tells our body it’s time to sleep. This is why being around too much bright light before bed can affect our sleep as it can stop the release of melatonin.
  • Cortisol levels dip at bedtime and then increase throughout the night, peaking just before you wake up. This acts like a wake-up signal.
  • Just before a woman gets her period, progesterone levels drop, affecting the body’s temperature control, which in turn reduces the duration of her REM cycle.
  • During menopause, low oestrogen levels can contribute to sleeping difficulties by making the body's temperature less stable and increasing adrenaline levels, both of which can affect sleep.
  • Low testosterone levels in men, which can occur due to ageing and physical problems, have been associated with a decrease in sleep efficiency.

Hormones are only one of the variables that play a role in how well you sleep at night. If you are battling to fall and stay asleep throughout the night, your sleeping environment could also be playing a role. By investing in a high-quality mattress that provides the particular kind of support your body needs, you are one step closer to tailoring restful, sleep-friendly surroundings. Get in touch with a Bed King representative to find out more about their wide selection of mattresses that range from durable, pocket-spring variations to models that feature the latest continuous-coil and latex technology


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