What is the link between sleep & height growth
Your eyes may rest during sleep, but the rest of your body starts kicking it into high gear. Sleep is a restorative period, where the body pools all it resources to grow, heal and regenerate tissue during the night. You do not feel anything, but those hours of sleep are when are complex series of hormones begin to circulate the body. Growth has a direct relationship with hormones, as they go on to impact certain biological processes in the bones, muscles, blood, and organs. Growth in height comes from a naturally produced human growth hormone (HGH) found in the pituitary gland. This hormone is released in minute portions during the day, but becomes especially active during the deep wave sleep cycle.
The HGH can be influenced by nutrition, stress and exercise but adequate sleep is a huge component of its healthy release. Those first two hours of deep sleep are when the hormone is most potent and gets released in larger quantities into the blood stream. One restless night will not greatly hamper height growth, but a pattern of sleepless nights will program your body to lower the amount of growth hormones it creates. The amount of sleep needed varies as a person ages.
In the most formative period of growth, puberty, a body needs upwards of 8.5 – 11 hours of uninterrupted rest during the night. The hours of sleep for any individual are not the same but vary across the population. The trick is to find the right number for you so that you are not tired during the day, have trouble concentrating and generally moody. To achieve the perfect resting environment it is important to avoid harsh lights as they stimulate the brain to be awake. Developing a sleeping routine and consistent environment will teach your body when it is time to sleep.