Today I’m going to share with you why sleep is so important for balancing hormones and brain chemistry…did you know that with a good night’s sleep these amazing things happen…Inflammation decreases in your body, the body produces more growth hormone, stress hormones get metabolized, blood sugar levels drop, cravings may go away completely, the body heals and restores everywhere. The brain works like a computer shuffling all the information from the day, discarding some and systematically storing other information, the immune system regenerates and makes natural killer cells for the next day’s adventures, and the pineal gland makes adequate amounts of melatonin protecting the body from disease, regulating reproductive hormones, and setting the body’s circadian rhythym….
So this is what all this means. Your pants will fit better in the morning, your body will feel sleek and sexy, your brain chemistry will be happy so you will actually perceive all of these wonderful things, you’ll feel like you’ve been to the gym because you’ll have less fat and more muscle, you won’t get sick the next day because you’ll have plenty of natural killer cells around to protect you, your stress hormones will be lower so your blood sugar will be more balanced. You’ll have crazy amazing energy and you won’t crave sugar all day long. And one more thing….wrinkles actually disappear when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. I was at an open house for a plastic surgeon a few years ago. He was sharing some of the aesthetic work he does. And one of his patients stood up to show her beautiful face that he had treated with botox, fillers and who knows what else. She pointed to her face and said, “doesn’t it look like I’ve had a good night’s sleep?”
There are so many wonderful things that happen to improve the symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance when we get a good night’s sleep. We actually accumulate sleep debt, so you do need to catch up. And during the winter when the days are shorter, you’ll need 8-9 hours of sleep per night. Think hibernation. Wintertime is when your body heals and restores for the longer days of late spring and summer. One of my colleagues says that nothing really good ever happens after 9pm anyway. And he’s right. I love all the sleep sayings, like “the early bird gets the worm”, “early to bed early to rise makes a woman healthy, wealthy and wise”. But my favorite is : “Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains.
So your to-do this week is to get a good night’s sleep! And as many night’s as possible. Next week I’ll share with you how to do that if you are someone who has trouble winding down in the evening or can’t stay asleep.
The PCOS 5-Step system is essential for helping with sleep because it helps to balance the body you can learn more about it on our website pcos.com. We encourage you to try it because as crazy as it may sound, the body has to be in balance to relax and restore during the night. We offer a 90-day money-back guarantee so you can try it and see what you notice. We’re here to support you. I’ll see you next week.
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