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Is your sleep disrupted?

20 July 2020

Your hormones may explain why…

The stress from Covid-19 has been one of the biggest sleep disruptions for nearly every Australian.

But, it hasn’t disrupted everybody’s sleep the same way.

One of the most fascinating things that we enjoy discovering at the clinic, is how certain patterns show up in the body.

Did you know that the nature of your sleep disruption can tell us what part of your body is struggling or out of balance?

Today, I’d like to share with you a few of the different sleep stages and how it affects your hormones whilst you are sleeping.

Most importantly, I want you to pay attention to the time that you, or your loved ones, are restless or waking so that you can see what your body is telling you.

1. The Thyroid
– struggling to fall asleep at night (even though you’ve been really tired all day)
– often need the TV on to fall asleep

2. Oestrogen
– out like a light when your head hits the pillow
– sleeping 8 or more hours a night
– struggling to get out of bed in the morning

3. Cortisol
– waking up at 2am, 3am, 4am
– waking up throughout the night
– needing a nap during the day
– struggling to stay asleep at night

4. Leptin, The Hunger Hormone

What is really interesting is that leptin, the hunger hormone, is strongly affected by sleep.

The leptin hormone is regulated by a full night’s sleep.

When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it can wreak havoc on your sleep quality and patterns.

So, as you can appreciate, if you’re not sleeping through the night, it can have a cascading effect on not only your other hormones, but also on your leptin levels.

This can affect your weight, your metabolism, and your appetite.
Not getting enough good quality sleep can also negatively affect many other organs of the body as well.

For example, the liver detoxifies and regulates while you sleep (especially around 4am).

Waking before or around 4am, can also have a negative effect on your hormones.

If you are struggling to sleep or are experiencing any of the following symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, poor memory, irritability, depression, hair loss, splitting nails or feeling too hot or too cold, please get in touch to see how we can help you.

You can book a call in here:https://calendly.com/sutherlandshirenaturopath/introductory-naturopathic-health-assessment

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