Sleep is the body’s instinctive mode for relaxation, rest, and repair, as well as detoxification and stress relief. This is essential for the maintenance of all aspects of physical health, particularly through healing, repairing, and renewing of our cells. Experiencing quality sleep in the proper quantity helps to maintain hormone balance in the body. For this reason, chronic sleep deficiency is linked to a higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Achieving deep sleep also triggers the release of growth-promoting hormones responsible for repairing our cells and body tissues and improving muscle mass and strength -both essential to a life of health and wellness.
However, stress and anxiety, and their related hormones have an immense impact on our ability to fall and stay asleep. The stress hormone cortisol is one of the key hormonal responses to sleep deprivation. Stress and sleep deprivation antagonize one another until a vicious cycle begins to form that, unfortunately, many of our patients experience.