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While You were Sleeping (Hormone "Dance")

While you were Sleeping . . .

 

What is sleep?

What causes us to fall asleep?

Sleep Hormones

Amount of sleep needed at different life stages

 

 

What is sleep?

 

      Sleep can be defined as a reversible state (distinguishes from coma/hibernation) of:

 

-       Reduced sensory and motor interaction with the environment

 

-       Stereotyped posture – E.g. humans lie down with eyes closed.

 

 

      Contrast this to wakefulness:

 

-       Sensations are vivid and originate in external environment

 

-       Motor activity is voluntary

 

Not getting enough sleep, particularly not getting enough uninterrupted sleep, is a major and common cause of many health and emotional problems. 

 

Insomnia

 

What causes us to fall asleep?

 

      Environmental lighting signals the brain to try to put us to sleep or keep us awake - light levels are received by the retina and transferred through the optic nerves to the hypothalamus, a minute structure in the brain. Essential for hypothalamic control of the body’s circadian rhythms, diminishing light initiates the natural sleep process and brightening light begins the natural wake-up call.

 

      We don’t go to sleep gradually - the brain actually produces different frequency and amplitude brain waves when you are awake compared to when you are asleep. There is no in-between area. 

 

Sleep Brainwave

 

 

 

For information on different sleep frequencies and patterns:

 

Different stages of sleep

 

      How likely we are to fall asleep depends on three things

 

(1)   How big the sleep debt is - If your sleep debt is large enough, no amount of will power or caffeine will be enough to keep you awake.

 

The Sleep Debt

 

(2)   How alert you are because of what’s going on – E.g. boring work versus stressful work.

 

(3)   Time of day – several biological clocks in our body generate 24 hour circadian rhythms that ensure our ability to adapt to and keep in harmony with the 24 hour day/night and seasonal changes of the earth. These rhythms trigger hormonal release and influence cardiovascular, behavioral and other functions. 

 

The Biological Clock

 

Sleep Hormones

 

      MELATONIN / CORTISOL tend to be reciprocal

 

MELATONIN

CORTISOL

 

MELATONIN CORTISOL

      Ideally:

 

         CORTISOL  levels decrease towards bedtime (responding to information from biological clock to calm you down for the night; lowest levels ~midnight, 3-5 hrs after sleep onset; pattern not present in infants until a few weeks or months old)  as MELATONIN reaches its peak a few hours after CORTISOL   bottoms out;

 

         CORTISOL rises in the morning to its highest levels  (ready for you to face the day) - as MELATONIN declines (so you can wake up); 

 

      Chronic lack of sleep contributes to increased body fat and reduced lean mass – by causing excess CORTISOL production;  CORTISOL sets off an increased rush of glucose from your tissues (including breaking down muscle tissue to make glucose) and of course INSULIN rises; on an ongoing basis, this pattern gives rise to INSULIN resistance with its inherent fat storage;

 

Blood Sugar Control

INSULIN Resistance

 

 

DHEA

- “Consciousness Hormone”

 

      Just enough DHEA to maintain autonomic function during sleep

 

      REM sleep occurs when DHEA rises to stimulate brain activity - but not enough to initiate consciousness.

 

DHEA

 

GROWTH HORMONE (GH) / PROLACTIN

 

      Anabolic (energy producing) hormones released during first part of sleep are important for muscle repair and recovery -  GH not only helps build new cells, it is also important in rebuilding old, damaged cells and is therefore important in staying young.

 

      Sleeping less can stunt growth (in young people) by reducing GH

 

 

PROLACTIN - GH

 

ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE (ACTH)

 

      Produced in the hypothalamus - migrates to the pituitary, where it is released into the blood stream to be carried to the adrenal glands.

 

-       In some text books, ACTH is given credit for being the only stimulator of DHEA and CORTISOL DHEA is increased 3.5 fold by ACTH. Am. J. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1987; 156: 1275. ACTH appears to affect sleep through its effect on adrenal corticosteroid secretion.

 

DOPAMINE

 

 

 

Amount of sleep needed at different life stages

 

      Babies - sleep 16 to 18 hours a day, but spread over 6-7 brief periods of sleep.  Parents become extremely sleep deprived because it is not until many months that the baby will sleep for as long as five hours at a time.  It is very important that a mother-to-be has absolutely NO sleep debt before a baby is born.

 

      PROLACTIN is released during first cycle of deep sleep and also by nursing mothers – it is interesting that nursing mothers seem to do remarkably well without their usual amount of sleep. The release of PROLACTIN from breast-feeding makes it possible to function with a lot less sleep.  A benefit lost by women who are not breast feeding.

 

      Preschoolers and Younger Children - need ~ 10 - 12 hours of sleep before they reach puberty, in addition to time taken to fall asleep.  ADHD (also known as bad behavior) would be noticeably improved if children had more sleep, which means them going to bed around 7-9 pm. Remember, the darker the room, the easier it is for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

      Preteens – need ~ 10 hours of sleep, plus the time it takes them to fall asleep. Bedtime ~9pm for a 7am rise.  

 

Studies have shown that children who are often grumpy or unhappy have a significant improvement in behavior when they get their 10 hours sleep EVERY night.

 

A school in New Zealand changed the school hours for boys, since apparently this rule applies even more to boys than to girls. The boys do not have to come to school till 10.00am. After that rule was applied, behavior and grades markedly improved.

 

      Teenagers

 

-       William C. Dement (a pioneer in sleep research in the U.S.) found that teens have very different sleep needs than children/adults - they find it difficult to fall asleep before ~ midnight or even 1am, which means they actually need to sleep in until noon. School start times for teenagers should start much later than they do.

 

-       Sleeping less can stunt growth - puberty comes with a rise in blood growth hormone (GH) levels, and GH is reduced with less sleep. 

 

-       Sleep loss affects how well children learn

 

-       53% of people 18 – 29 years old say they suffer from daytime sleepiness - many young people are killed in traffic accidents.

REST Links

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REST

While you wereSleeping

Different Stages of Sleep

The Sleep Debt

Insomnia

MTT

Caffeine - "The Jitter Drug"

5-HTP – SSRI Alternative  

Sunlight – Let there be Light!

The Biological Clock

MELATONIN

DHEA - Conciousness Hormone
DOPAMINE - "Go Get it! / Reward Hormone"

Blood Sugar Control

INSULIN Resistance

CES Therapy Aid sleep, anxiety, addiction

SOTA Bio-Tuner

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