How Does Sleep Affect Our Hormones? – By Dr.Mini Nair

The relationship between sleep and hormones is complex but undoubtedly sleep has a significant impact on your hormones.


When you sleep, your hypothalamus will release several different hormones. And the major hormones be like-

ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone)- ADH is produced by the Pituitary gland that helps to prevent the kidney from releasing much water and also control your urine during the night.

Growth Hormone- Again the hormone is produced by the Pituitary gland, known for growth and repair, and important for children.

Prolactin- This hormone has over 300 functions in the body including breast milk production, immunoregulation, and metabolism.

Oxytocin- Commonly known as the ‘Love Hormone’ (especially mother-infant bond), the hormone is important for human behavior.

These are some major hormones, though some hormones are secreted at night, it is true that your hypothalamus help to regulate some other hormones such as-

Ghrelin– It is an appetite hormone that helps to stimulate hunger craving.

Cortisol– Cortisol is another hormone that helps to control your sleep. This is why this hormone is produced during the daytime and at night your level of this hormone is significantly lowered to ensure you get sound sleep.

Sleep is important to recharge your body and to boost up your energy for the next day. But what happens when you’re not getting enough sleep. The term “Sleep Deprivation” is used for this condition and it can cause imbalance to your hormones. Hormonal imbalance can cause various effects on your body and you will more likely see various changes in your behavior, health, and fitness. Improper or not getting enough sleep may not be able to fend off invaders and may take a longer time to recover from illness. Additionally, prolonged sleep deprivation may also increase the risk of chronic diseases such as depression, anxiety, diabetes, and heart disease.

So this was all about how sleep affects our hormones, and if you’re suffering from the distance of sleep hormones or want to maintain the hormones, Ayurveda is one of the best treatments to opt for. Ayurhealing rewarded Ayurveda Hospital, delivering a complete healthcare solution. All the major and minor Ayurveda treatments are done under the guidance of veteran Ayurvedic physicians. How does Ayurhealing perform its Ayurveda treatment, check in the below section-

Ayurvedic Remedies To Balance Your Hormones

Ayurveda exactly knows how to balance the hormones by correcting the root cause of the diseases. Various herbs and following the correct lifestyle have shown excellent results in several health ailments. We at Ayurhealing follow the appended below remedies to maintain the balance of sleep hormones.

Eat Timely, Healthy & Well Portioned Meal- Ayurveda recommends eating habits that have a great impact on your Agni or digestive fire. One should eat a heavy & big meal at day time and avoid such meals at night. What you eat and your eating timing significantly affect your sleep hormones. Besides this, choosing healthy food and unprocessed food is equally important for sound sleep. Try to avoid junk foods and focus more on green vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious food items.

Massage– A smooth massage before bed supports your Vatta and Pitta, two major doshas of Ayurveda. Rub the key parts of the body such as feet, ears, low back, and head before you go to bed. Slow rubbing for Vatta and a bit vigorous rubbing for Pitta improve the blood circulation.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption- If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, night sweat, etc. it means your pitta is provoking fire of alcohol. Alcohol can overstimulate the liver and hormones and cause restless and fiery body and mind. Reduce the consumption of alcohol, in fact completely cut if possible, and see how better you sleep now.

More Herbs- Herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Sankpushpi, Vacha, Sarpagandha,and jatamamsi are proven beneficial for any sleep disorder and maintaining a healthy balance in hormones. These herbs help promote restfulness, concentration, soothe the nervous system, and also tackle issues like hypertension, anxiety, and tension.

Follow A healthy Routine– Ayurveda divides the day into two 12 hours slots and each slot contains 3 four hours cycles. Try to align your schedule according to the Ayurveda time. Irregular eating and sleeping time is the dominant cause of dosha disbalance. So try to follow the same routine every day.

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