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How are sleep and human growth hormone (HGH) linked?

Leslie Bonci, MPH
Nutrition & Dietetics

One reason sleep is so crucial to health is that you produce human growth hormone (HGH) while you snooze. In this video, sports nutrition specialist Leslie Bonci explains how to ensure you get enough.


Ben Kaminsky
Dermatology
Human growth hormone (HGH), secreted by the pituitary gland of the brain, declines in production as people age. A microscopic protein substance, HGH, is secreted in short pulses during deep sleep and after exercise. The decline of growth hormone with age is directly associated with cardiovascular disease, increased body fat, osteoporosis, gray hair, wrinkles, decreased energy, reduced sexual function, and other symptoms. Many of these symptoms are found in younger adults who have growth hormone deficiencies. Increasing deep sleep to promote an increase in HGH might help delay many of the conditions associated with aging.
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