There is a definite link between your levels of HGH and sleep.
Not getting a good night’s sleep can be a big problem, particularly for men. Insomnia or disturbed sleep can impact everything from job performance to your sex life. While there can be many causes for sleep disorders, the link between poor sleep and age-related HGH loss in men cannot be understated. HGH can impact sleep in both direct and indirect ways.
HGH has a direct impact on sleep because of the role it plays in regulating the sleep/wakefulness cycle. Low HGH levels can also have a negative impact on sleep indirectly, because HGH deficiency can lead to conditions that cause disturbed sleep, such as obesity and sleep apnea.
The good news is that growth hormone therapy for men has been shown to improve sleep.
How Does HGH Affect Sleep in Males?
Sleep and HGH are intricately related. HGH is a critical hormone for men. HGH is required for strength, energy, and your ability to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight.
Interestingly enough, your body produces most of its HGH during your hours of deepest sleep. So, if you are not getting enough sleep – 7 to 9 hours on average – then you are not producing enough HGH. This then becomes kind of a vicious cycle, because adequate amounts of HGH are also required to get a good night’s sleep.
There are several hormones involved in regulating sleep, including testosterone, HGH, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. Having an imbalance in any one of them can lead to insomnia or disturbed sleep, but for men, in particular, low levels of testosterone and HGH can seriously impact sleep. HGH and sleep in males is kind of a two-way street.
Sleep is regulated by hormones like HGH, and getting enough sleep is crucial to maintain the levels of sleep-related hormones such as HGH.
Is Lack of Sleep Connected to Low HGH Levels?
Yes, clinical research has established a definite link between low levels of HGH and poor sleep. Human growth hormone is related to sleep. Unfortunately, as you get older, your levels of HGH drop. This is one reason why insomnia and other sleep disorders become more common the older a man gets.
Research has found that peak HGH production takes place during your sleeping hours – particularly during your hours of REM or deep sleep. So, if you are experiencing poor or disturbed sleep, you are depriving your body of its most critical growth hormone production period.
Can You Get Better Sleep by Taking HGH?
Understand you cannot simply “take HGH” like an over-the-counter supplement. HGH is a prescription medication, and it is not prescribed strictly as a sleep aid. However, if you are having difficulty sleeping, are over 40, and also exhibiting some of the other signs of age-related HGH deficiency – such as obesity, loss of muscle tone, lack of energy, and sexual health issues – you may be prescribed growth hormone therapy.
The dosage of growth hormone therapy will differ from patient to patient; however, since it does not take much HGH to start to improve sleep, anywhere from .05 mg to 2 mg taken before bed, any dose of HGH that your doctor prescribes to treat your overall age-related growth hormone loss, will undoubtedly be enough to also start to improve your sleep quality.
You know that sleep is your body’s primary way of rejuvenating and repairing itself. HGH is essential to this nighttime “recharge.”
Nearly 850 of your HGH is released in “pulses” during your periods of most restful sleep. This is just one of the many reasons why a good night’s sleep is essential to your overall physical and emotional well-being.
Another reason why low levels of HGH can lead to impaired sleep is an indirect one, but an important one nonetheless. Men who are suffering from age-related growth hormone deficiency tend to be overweight, often even obese.
Obesity is the number one risk factor for developing obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA is a very common sleep disorder in males. Sleep apnea is characterized by ceasing to breathe for short intervals during the night. The condition is marked by loud snoring, which occurs as the person with sleep apnea gasps for air. Sleep apnea is more common in men than women. It is also very common in men who are overweight.
This again further exacerbates the loss of HGH because men with OSA will be missing out on the nightly deep sleep required for optimal HGH production.
Can HGH Treat Sleep Disorders?
HGH is not prescribed to specifically treat sleep disorders, however, increasing your HGH will improve sleep, and as we have already stated, increased HGH will improve your quality of sleep.
In addition, HGH therapy can help raise your levels of other hormones related to sleep, such as testosterone and also reduce your levels of hormones that cause stress and poor sleep, such as cortisol. In addition, HGH can help improve sleep by helping you build muscle and lose weight which can lower your risk of suffering from sleep apnea and other side effects of being overweight that can lead to poor or disturbed sleep.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of the European Society of Endocrinology found that four months of HGH replacement therapy significantly reversed sleep disturbances in patients in the study.
How Long Does it Take for HGH to Improve Sleep Quality?
HGH therapy has many benefits, not the least of which is improved sleep. However, HGH therapy requires patience to see improvement as the benefits develop slowly over time. HGH therapy is usually “titrated,” which means that your doctor will prescribe, at first, the very least dosage necessary for your symptoms. This is because it takes time for your body to get used to and react positively to the increased presence of HGH.
HGH therapy is usually prescribed for a course of six months. Some of the benefits of HGH therapy, such as improved ability to build muscle and improved sexual health, occur in the early weeks and months. Other benefits evolve more slowly.
Completely reversing HGH-related sleep issues takes time. You will likely see some improvement in sleep within the first eight weeks of taking HGH injections and notice dramatic improvement in the fourth, fifth, and last months of treatment.
Having troubles falling asleep? Contact our endocrinologists to find the root causes of this condition and get the best treatment.