The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is the avenue for many more physical functions than just rest for the body.  In a November 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics researchers at the University of Iowa concluded the benefits of  each additional nightly hour of sleep a third grader partakes reduced that same child’s chances of being obese in the sixth grade by 40%.

The same journal reported that tired kids are less likely to exercise and more likely to sit on the couch and eat cookies.  In other experiments, sleep-deprived adults produced more Ghrelin (a hormone that promotes hunger) and less Leptin (a hormone that signals fullness).

Another, and maybe more important, function of sleep is the release of  Human Growth Hormone (hgH).  Simplistically stated, hgH is one of the natural cornerstone chemicals the body produces and enlists to renew and rebuild cellular degeneration resulting from physical processes such as growth, aging, “wear and tear” from physical work or injury, etc.  Release of hgH relies upon the biological clock controls of the Circadian Rhythm.

Since birth the Circadian Rhythm has been “hardwired” to biologically differentiate night from day.  This is important because the Circadian Rhythm is the “timer clock” by which the body begins the daily task of repairing itself.

As the chart below indicates, the body produces and releases some levels of hgH throughout the day.  The greatest surges of hgH release occurs between the biological hours of 10:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M.  However, the body must be in “deep sleep” levels for hgH to release and you’ll need about two hours to progress through the levels of “slightly asleep to deep sleep”.  Therefore, to benefit most from the daily repair cycle powered by hgH, you need to go to bed sometime between 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM.

PribbleChart

Dr.  Pribble has developed a protocol promoting sleep.  In one extreme case, a professional female 40ish to 50ish presented with chronic sleep deprivation.   She and her family reported that the professional averaged one to two hours sleep a night for nearly TWENTY YEARS!   Within a few weeks Dr. Pribble’s protocol enabled her body to adequately regeneration and heal to the point that she averaged five to six hours sleep per night.

Sleep issues?  Call for an appointment. (563) 355-2378.