Dr. Angela Agrios, ND
My very talented Naturopathic Doctor
She treats a wide variety of conditions
Office & phone appointments available
Los Angeles, CA (Pacific Palisades)
Sleep Promotes Weight Loss, Anti-Aging & Health Interview with Dr. Angela Agrios, ND My personal naturopathic doctor. Dr. Agrios is in Los Angeles and
accepts office and phone appointments.
You know, I know we all struggle in these different areas. I struggle with sleep. I mean, there’s just too many things to do in a given day, right? But I just want to take the opportunity, since we’re talking about things that promote health, to really focus on sleep. We really do need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Back in the day, we all got nine hours of sleep typically. We have a very artificial lifestyle these days, and we have a lot of work to get done, and we’re up at the crack of dawn half the time. But there are a lot of really great sleep studies out now that just show how important sleep is.
Number one: You will have an improved immune system if you sleep, and this makes sense. All of our anabolic, so processes that are building regenerative in the body take place during sleep. When you look at aging, slowly, you'll start to see the elasticity of the skin changes, and you'll see a little bit more dragging here, and the eyelids will slowly start to come down, and all of these things happen. This is reflected by a lack of growth hormone. Growth hormone slowly declines with age.
Sleep and exercise are the two times that we make more growth hormone, so just sleeping more, seriously, can keep us younger because we’re just doing the repair processes at night. Sleeping more, you will actually keep weight off more easily. Our hormone profiles change when we don’t sleep enough so that we’re constantly craving more starches, more fats, and we overall eat more when we don’t sleep. So sleep’s a really important one for lots and lots of reasons.