HGH (human growth hormone) is a vital part of our health. It is a naturally secreted substance that stimulates healthy bone mass and muscle and regulates metabolism.
For strong adults, snooze is an important time for the production of the growth hormone. The highest and most significant secretion of growth hormone occurs while sleeping, and severe slumber disturbances can disrupt the normal process of hormone released into the blood.
In this guide, we will clarify things by explaining how snooze relates to HGH production.
When Does Our Body Make Human Growth Hormone?
During each 24-hour phase, the pituitary gland produces growth hormone in response to signals from the hypothalamus. This is a part of our brain located directly on top of the pituitary gland.
The production of growth hormone is irregular; it occurs via approximately 6 to 10 pulses in the course of each 24 hours.
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Not all growth hormone bursts are the same.
The duration of the pulse and the amount of growth hormone released can differ, depending on several factors.
The growth hormone peak usually occurs at night while we are sleeping. It mainly occurs during the initial episode of slow-wave snooze and can make up for more than 50% of the daily growth hormone release.
More bursts can take place during successive short-wave periods, and overall, these bursts are responsible for more than 70% of the daily hormone production.
Slow-wave slumber is as well-referred to as deep slumber. When we snooze, we go through a sequence of four snooze phases that last about 90 minutes in total.
The initial three stages are part of NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) slumber, and the final phase is REM snooze. Our body starts to slow down and relax throughout the early stages, reaching stage III of deep snooze. This phase usually lasts for around 20-40 minutes.
It is much more difficult to wake up during deep slumber, and this phase is believed to play a significant role in slumber’s vital capacity.
Snooze is significant for growth hormone production, but it is unclear whether it must coincide with local times of the day and night for healthy growth hormone levels.
A small study of night workers found that growth hormone secretion decreased during slumber (from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), but increased during the remaining hours to compensate for the decline during snooze. Thus, if an individual does not secrete growth hormone overnight, it does not signify that they will not retain an adequate hormone level in the body as long as they are getting enough slumber.
How Snooze Quality Affects Growth Hormone Production
Since snooze is closely related to the release of growth hormone, nap problems may negatively affect production. Consequently, individuals whose snooze is shortened or whose slumber manner is disturbed may have decreased hormone levels; therefore, they should seek medical assistance.
One means that snooze disturbances can hinder the hormone production is via insomnia. Sleeplessness is characterized by continued problems in staying or falling asleep. The other way is changing the sleeping time.
Finally, slumber affects the production of growth hormone. For instance, a lack of snooze may lead to a reduced level of hormone secretion. If you have an issue such as insomnia, consider seeking medical assistance or attending therapy sessions.