For those of you that don’t know, I am currently in school to become a HEALTH COACH! OHMYGOODNESS does my Learner theme (#1) LOOOVE to be in school! But also, I have been studying health for so many years, as modern medicine was not able to give me the help I needed.
The main focus in my classes currently is about the danger of the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster… and boy do I know that ride well! Usually we think “ok then I’ll have to give up sugar.” But there are several things that have an impact on the blood sugar rollercoaster that we often don’t think of… including SLEEP!
To keep it short and sweet (pun!), when we get sleep deprived, our cortisol levels go up. Cortisol is a “stress hormone,” both in good and bad ways. It allows us to get out of bed in the morning (unless your adrenals finally get worn out, and you find you can’t produce enough cortisol to get out of bed anymore… anyone ever get there? Just me?)
Cortisol has some other jobs as well:
- cortisol increases the hunger hormone, ghrelin, urging us to eat more, in order to try to get our energy up
- cortisol can increase blood pressure
- cortisol increases comfort food cravings (often junk food, which helps intensify the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster)
Add some brain fog, increasing the chance for poor decision-making, and you can have a series of bad consequences on your hands.
Balancing out your blood sugar is so much more than just avoiding sugar. I find it so exciting that it’s not just being “perfect” about sugar in take that can have an impact. You have multiple tools for helping to create balance. And one of them is as easy as going to sleep!
In my next post, I will share some tips in case getting more sleep doesn’t come easily to you!
What’s your ideal amount of sleep? Mine seems to be about 8 hours and 40 minutes.
I will be taking on a small number of practice clients in the near future! If you’d like to be one of them, please reach out to me soon!