Thoughts on Better Aging

Trouble Sleeping? Consequences Go Far Beyond Feeling Tired

January 1st, 2016

Maintaining healthy sleep patterns is vital for your health and memory.

In your younger days, you probably had no trouble sleeping in at every possible opportunity. But as you’ve grown older, you may have noticed that it’s become more and more difficult to get even the minimum 7 to 8 hours of sleep considered healthy for an adult.

Many men just accept the fatigue that comes with poor sleep, choosing to compensate with an afternoon nap or else trying to power through their day with the aid of caffeine. They do this because they don’t understand that feeling tired is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact of poor sleep on the body. There is actually much more going on:

Weight Gain: When you don’t get enough sleep, all kinds of functions in your body get disrupted. One important function is the balance between the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which control appetite and fat storage. And of course as you gain weight, many negative health consequences can follow.

Memory Trouble: When you’re not sleeping through the night, chances are you’ll end up eating at inappropriate times. According to researchers at UCLA’s sleep lab, indulging in the “midnight munchies” can have a significant impact on learning and memory. They believe this occurs because of a protein which regulates both the circadian clock and learning and memory in the hippocampus. In tests on mice, the mice who were fed at the wrong time developed reduced levels of this protein and performed very badly on long term memory and object recognition tests.

Rapid Aging: Normally, sleep triggers a surge in the production of growth hormone, which is vital for healthy cell growth and repair. Growth hormone naturally declines with age, but if you’re not getting enough sleep, the decline will be even more precipitous. This will show in your skin and in other visible signs of aging. If you are under a lot of stress, the effects will be even more pronounced because there will be nothing to counteract the destructive effect of the stress hormone cortisol on your cells.

We Can Help You Restore Your Circadian Rhythm

If you have been having trouble sleeping, Renew Man™ can help. While the most comprehensive relief from insomnia, sleep apnea, and fatigue is typically found through hormone replacement therapy, we also offer another option for men who may not be ready for this step.

Our melatonin liposomal spray can be used on an as-needed basis to supply the melatonin needed to regulate your circadian rhythm and reset your biological clock so that you can sleep through the night. The spray works quickly and, as an added bonus, also has powerful antioxidant properties for immune protection.

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