If you are a fan of those late night parties and get-togheters this may sound bad to you, but you may have to say goodbye to your strength and well developed muscles if you don’t get your beauty sleep regularly. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that poor sleep reduces your testosterone levels drastically.
Sleep takes a very important part of our lives and can take up to 40 percent of our lifespan. It is a very important process during which our body and mind are repaired and regenerated.
Testosterone on the other hand is one of the most anabolic hormones in our body. It’s responsible for muscle growth, increased strength and bone density. And large quantities of this precious hormone are produced during the sleep cycle.
A recent study has shown that poor sleep can drastically reduce your testosterone levels. In fact skipping sleep reduces testosterone levels by the same amount as aging 10 to 15 years. When you take in consideration that testosterone decreases naturally by 1% to 2% a year after the puberty, loosing sleep and bragging how late you stayed last night may look like a really bad idea.
“As research progresses, low sleep duration and poor sleep quality are increasingly recognized as endocrine disruptors,” said Eve Van Cauter , PhD, professor in medicine and director of the study.
“We discovered that men who slept five hours a night or less for as little as one week had significantly lower levels of testosterone than when they had a full night’s sleep” – says Dr. Van Cauter the supervisor of this study, focused on the health impact of sleep deprivation.
To normalize and increase your testosterone levels you need a good night sleep of 8 to 9 hours a night and a healthy diet. Some natural test boosters and foods can certainly help too.