How Sleep Affects Your Hormones [Podcast 67]

In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about a very common topic, hormones. In particular, how lack of sleep can negatively affect all your hormones, which can potentially aggravate weight gain, poor energy, and increased stress.

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Hormones covered:

  • Thyroid
  • Estrogen and progesterone
  • Cortisol
  • Melatonin
  • Atrial natriuretic peptide
  • Insulin
  • Grehlin and leptin
  • Vitamin D
  • Growth hormone

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled, by Dr. Richard Shames

Atrial Natriuretic Peptide article by Dr. Deb Wardly

Vitamin D interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak

Sicker, fatter, Poorer by Dr. Leo Trasande

Sleep, Interrupted by Dr. Steven Y. Park

Second Spring by Dr. Maoshing Ni

The Woman Code by Alyssa Vitti 

The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup 

Keep Swimming Clip in Finding Nemo

Breathe Better Sleep Better Live better Podcast 

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4 thoughts on “How Sleep Affects Your Hormones [Podcast 67]

  1. Thank you again Dr Park and Kathy– in your never ending quest to educate us sleepyheads!
    We really do need it spelled out and you did just that in this episode. Great links too– and as far as antidiuretic hormone– I would add Dr Baxter’s show too on tongue tie causes and late childhood bedwetting. (Dr Gominac covers as well on her site as I recall.) I can’t recall if it was you that said that you make melatonin in the first 20 minutes after dawn– and to get up and get your eyes in this light. The second part is to as you said here avoid the devices at night. When I started using only low blue light bulbs, and using amber glasses for the little computer work I did after dark– and got in the habit of getting sleepy early because artificial light was not stimulating me to stay awake– for the first time in my 65 years my urine production at night when way down. I went from getting up 4 x per night and peeing a quart, then waking exhausted– to getting up 1 x per night and peeing less than a cup. I never really wake refreshed due to my deviated septum (2 surgeries could not correct– it grew back) and under the radar UARS despite a AHI of usually around 0.07– but getting the ADH right has had a huge impact on my life and muscle and joint pain as well. I can also attest to the need for bio-ID hormones– and thanks for being a forward thinking out of the box MD who recommends them.
    Your podcasts have really been a game changer for me– and yes lifestyle must be addressed as a fundamental. To do this– you need to be constantly educated and motivated. Your work is priceless– thank you SO much!