Inadequate Sleep Affects Hormone Levels

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September 03, 2000 | 61,874 views

The changes in sleep quality that often come with age seem to trigger shifts in the endocrine system, altering hormone levels and metabolism. Researchers say that this study shows that a good night's sleep may be a natural form of hormone therapy, particularly for older adults.

The lower quality of sleep that the aging men experienced was evident though the measurement of several parameters.

These sleep pattern changes accompanied some changes in hormonal activity.

These connections between hormones and shifting sleep patterns suggest that maintaining sleep quality throughout life may have important health benefits, according to Dr. Eve Van Cauter of the University of Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues.

Currently, studies are looking at whether GH replacement therapy might combat some of the effects of aging. Researchers note that their findings of a GH dip after age 25 suggest that such therapies "should target a younger age range than currently envisioned."

The Journal of the American Medical Association August 16, 2000;284:861-868, 880-881.

 

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