Posted by: Amy | August 19, 2009

MANAGE YOUR STRESS – Catch a few extra ZZZ’s – Part 1

When we feel stressed, the stress hormones that are released are only meant to be at elevated levels for a short period of time (remember the flight or fight response.) When we are in a constant state of being stressed out, these long periods of time in which these hormones are at high levels can lead to our PCOS symptoms getting out of control. You may have heard that your body repairs itself when you sleep. Well, sleep helps relieve elevated stress hormones. It allows the body’s stress hormone levels a chance to return to normal after stress is experienced.

So what is the “right” amount of sleep in order to combat stress? It is recommended that adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per day; 6 hours or less triples your risk of a car accident. Actually, too much sleep, more than 9 hours, can actually be harmful for your health. Recent studies show that those who sleep more than 9 hours per day don’t live as long as their 8-hour-sleep counterparts!

Collette Harris and Theresa Cheung mention in their book, The Ultimate PCOS Handbook that, “Sleep is even more essential for women with PCOS, because research findings show that not only does sleep deprivation disrupt hormonal balance, it interferes with your blood sugar levels and increases the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, hypertension and heart disease, and may even be linked to breast cancer.”

The discouraging news is that research also indicates that women with PCOS may be prone to sleep problems due to hormonal fluctuations caused by the condition. I can confirm this is true, as I have suffered from insomnia. Next time I’ll share some things that have worked for me so I can get my 7-8 hours of ZZZ’s.

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  1. Hi Diva,
    this is very true¡¡¡ my trick is doing something like cross-sticht is relax my mind and a good hot herb like lime(blossom)tea, with orange flowers and hawthorn. Also once i week i do tai-chi. This make me feel really good.


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