Is Your Sleep Hurting (or) Helping Your Hormones?
After you turn 30, your testosterone decreases 1% per year... what are you doing about it?
Don't underestimate the power of hormones. They are the master regulators of everything from metabolism, to hunger, to daily energy, and the ability to reach your goals.
Testosterone is one of the most important anabolic (having a growth effect) hormones in humans. It is responsible for energy, immune function, libido, muscle development, bone health and male characteristics in both men and women.
Although both genders require testosterone, it should come as no surprise that men need a whole lot more than women.
Almost 8-10x as much in many men.
For the fellas, testosterone production peaks during puberty and decreases with age. This natural decrease results in other things: fatigue, lethargy, decreased strength, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, increased cardiovascular risks, and lack of sex drive.
Not sound like much fun huh? Yea - we didn't think so either.
Just because a decrease in testosterone is natural as you age, doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. There are ways to optimize your hormone levels even as you get further away from your precious 20's. (Remember the mojo you had back then?)
Anti-aging methods and HRT definitely have their place, but what about getting your life on track first?
You can regulate and optimize testosterone with a few key lifestyle shifts that we'll talk about over the next few weeks.
For now though let's talk about how you are sleeping:
Sleep & Hormones
Self-reported sleep studies report that average sleep time has dropped from 8.5 hours to just 6.9 hours in the last 50 years.
We know some of you are thinking, "Man I'd love to get 7 hours of sleep!" as many like yourselves are commonly getting 5-6 throughout the week.
Testosterone is regulated on a diurnal cycle, meaning that it follows the same pattern in a 24-hour period.
A solid production and release of testosterone requires a consistent 24-hour period, which for most of us comes down to our sleep.
Poor sleep or lack of sleep can inhibit optimal testosterone production which can lead to a lack of muscle and and increase of body fat, along with all the other negatives that come with low amounts of your favorite hormone.
Not to mention there is a ton of research showing the sleep deprivation can also impact thyroid function (slow your metabolism) and alter our natural hunger hormones - cuing us to eat more.
Not just a little more but 600-900kcals more in some cases where our body can literally mimic a state of starvation. Crazy.....
Not all hope is lost though. Righting the ship can get things back on track quickly.
We deep dive into this topic in the Mansformation Challenge with daily strategies and even nutrition recommendations for sleep but for now a few simple things you can do are:
Get in 3-5 moderate-to-high intensity workouts in weekly
Maintain consistency in sleep and wake times
Power down from electronics 30-60 minutes prior to shut-eye
Easier said than done, we know but mastering these three can have a huge impact on how you feel waking up daily.
If you're ready to take action against aging and be like the man you were in your 20's and 30's (or even better!) the Mansformation Program was created for you.
Running yourself ragged worked in your younger years, but you ain't the same young cat these days.
You'll be part of a solid group of guys who are all working towards the same thing.
Your workouts, food, supplements and even blood panels are all part of this all-inclusive, total-wellness program.
There ain't no fountain of youth but this is as close as it gets.
It's time you raise your testosterone. Take action now. (CLICK LINK HERE)
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