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PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Good Sleep

sleep and pcosGetting enough sleep is essential to conquering insulin resistance which is a major cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. However, just catching some extra time napping is not going to suffice. Let’s take a quick look at the underlying reasons why, and a closer look at insulin resistance too.

The hormone insulin regulates your metabolism of fats and carbohydrates in your body. It absorbs glucose (energy) from your bloodstream to do important work ni the body. The balance of insulin is incredibly important when looking at your overall health. When your insulin levels destabilise – and especially for long periods of time – the outcomes are not good and you can be beset by diabetes, and PCOS. There is plenty of evidence however to show that good and balanced levels of insulin are highly related to good sleep.

Insulin Resistance

Now we know something of insulin, we can look at a condition called insulin resistance. This is where the body cannot lower the blood sugar levels in an efficient way. To combat the high blood sugar the body releases even more insulin so that some of the malfunctioning hormones would work and the blood sugar eventually goes down. This floods the body with insulin and keeps your blood suagr too high for too long. Both which cause serious issues – but you can make insulin more sensitive …

How Sleep Helps You

While not the only reason for insulin resistance, a study by a Dr. Donga and a team of scientists at Leiden University Medical Centre in Holland found that lack of sleep does indeed cause reduced insulin sensitivity. A single night of poor sleep in fact was all it took to begin this slide into poor insulin! Not a week, just a single disturbed night of sleep. So, if you are not getting enough sleep, or getting poor sleep for whatever reason can you imagine have far degraded your insulin sensitivity might be?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

So we get to the link between PCOS and insulin resistance. These conditions almost go hand in hand in fact. 50-70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. While this is a correlation and not causation, it is probably also true that those who tested against insulin resistance might still have it, but to a lesser degree as to not be picked up by the tests. If this is a significant cause of PCOS then the link between insulin resistance and poor sleep is something that needs to be looked into and curing bad sleep might just improve your PCOS.

Lifestyle Changes For Better Sleep

Sleeping well is not just good for your general rest and recovery. Good sleeping practices will help you maintain optimal insulin balance an efficiency in your body.

Here are some tips for excellent sleep:

  • brain keeping you awake?8 hours sleep is usually the optimal amount you need. Try to get close to 8 hours sleep a night, if you wake up really groggy though, try getting an extra hour a your sleep cycle might be a bit different form others.
  • Set a bedtime ans stick to it! No going to bed when you feel sleepy as you might miss your chance. A routine will enforce better sleep.
  • Try not to have any caffeinated drinks such as (coffee, tea, cola drinks etc) particularly at night
  • Make sure there are no distractions in your bedroom such as blinking lights. Keep it dark and quiet and a good temperature.
  • Meditation can be very helpful for some.
  • To avoid your brain running around in circles keeping you awake, try to keep a notebook to jot down things you need to do if those unfinished tasks are causing you some stress. Jot it down, go back to sleep!
  • Sometimes doing something monotonous can help you doze off. Try some simple maths additions in your head boring and repetitive and can perhaps silence the active brain and send you to slumber.
  • Try to avoid computer screens for an hour before bed. This includes your phone! Studies have shown computer screens before bed can lead to very poor sleep
  • If you stop breathing while asleep, have a sore throat in the morning, fall asleep on the couch in the afternoon or early evening, and/or snore, go to your doctor to see if you suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Sex – you know it works. An orgasm helps you relax like nothign else and leads to better overall sleep.

I hope that helps you get more rest! For more info on eliminating PCOS to get your health and life back on track, check out the Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets ebook that I recommend :)

 

 

 

 

Root Causes of PCOS – A Review

Finding The Root Causes of PCOSThis might have been covered in previous posts but it still surprises me, and might surprise you that one in ten women around the world suffer from PCOS at some level. Just look around when you see a lot of other women and you will likely be in similar company who are struggling right along side you whether they know it or not.

The frustration of all women with this condition is high, and those who do not realise they have this problem are probably doubly frustrated and have no idea what is going on. Knowledge is power, and just knowing you have PCOS is powerful – but knowing the root causes is extremely powerful.

Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome is not something that just affects your ovaries which might come as a surprise to you though. It goes deeper than this and effects you hormones, your mood, your energy, heck your whole damned body! There is also a risk that if you do not treat PCOS properly it can leave you susceptible to a bunch of other illnesses such as type 2 Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and many more.

What Are the Root Causes of PCOS Then?

1. Insulin resistance

I have discussed insulin resistance before in this blog. It is the one root cause we are quite certain is at the very base of all PCOS symptoms. In short, our body produces a hormone called insulin which regulates the metabolism of sugars/carbohydrates in our body (as well as some other duties). Insulin resistance is when this hormone is not working correctly in the body and not doing its job basically!

Insulin resistance is in part genetic, but is more often than not caused by a combination of lifestyle factors such as faulty diet, stress, toxins in the body, and many others issues. Studies have shown that 70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance making this the key root cause of this condition. This does not matter if you are overweight, thin, fit or not – which may surprise some. However, women who are obese have a much higher chance of having this problem.

2. Inflammation

A new root cause of PCOS has also been found that works in conjunction with insulin resistance which is inflammation. Chronic low grade inflammation of much of your body is a serious issue and can go undetected for a long, long time. Many women with PCOS are found to have this issue making it quite closely linked with insulin resistance and all the other symptoms of PCOS

This can often be attributed to food allergies and intolerance’s. Some problem foods such as gluten, artificial flavours, preservatives and various chemicals can trigger an immune response which is inflammation of various parts of the body. This is not because our immune system wants to harm us in any way, it is actually trying to protect us, but it can have unfortunate consequences when this continues long term and becomes chronic. Not only will the body destroy allergens, but many useful cells in the body might get destroyed along with them. This autoimmune condition is basically a reaction to internal toxins or external environmental health hazards.

Obesity is something that is often talked about as a root cause of PCOS, however this is kind of a chicken or egg argument. PCOS can cause obesity, but obesity can also lead to inflammation and insulin resistance as well. Either way it is a bad thing, but it cannot be called a root cause –¬† just to clarify

So if you can se some of the root causes in yoruself, or a loved one and they are suffering from PCOS, then you need to know how to combat these issues. Treating the symptoms of PCOS may bring relief, but it will never cure PCOS at its very inception. To find out more check out the eBook I recommend called Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets I cannot gurantee it will be an amazing

Insulin Resistance, PCOS and You

Insulin resistance, PCOS and the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are all linked together in a chain. I often talk about insulin resistance being the root cause of PCOS and wanted to spend a little more time today delving into this matter.

What is Insulin Resistance?

This is a condition where the body does not respond well to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes sugars in the blood and uses them to power the body, in a normal person cells in the body always accept insulin to enter and power their functions. When you have insulin resistance your cells for some reason do not always accept insulin. This results in high blood sugar levels because the sugars are not being dealt with which in turn makes the body release MORE insulin to counter it.

The result is what is known as hyperinsulinemia or too much insulin in the blood. This is what starts the hormonal imbalance in the body that characterises PCOS.

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

There is no known exact cause of this condition. Some say is is genetic and you are born with it and other say that lack of exercise and obesity causes it. However insulin resistance may also be the cause of obesity too. The chick and the egg question really. Insulin Resistance and PCOS are not always together though. If you have PCOS you do have insulin resistance but if you have insulin resistance you may not have PCOS. In fact if you conquer PCOS you may still have insulin resistance but you manage it so well it will not bother you.

What to do about Insulin Resistance

Dealing with insulin resistance, PCOS and the symptoms of PCOS are all the same thing. What must be done is to control your blood sugar and also to keep a balance to your hormones. This is sometimes hard to grasp but when you think of your internals like a machine that reacts to what you put into it and how you use it you can almost visualise the levels of insulin, androgens, estrogen and so forth that all must function properly to be free of PCOS.

A lot of this is diet related but there are many other facets phsyically and then there is the wntire mental game that makes or breaks your efforts.

I highly recommend Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets which has helped many people including my sister to overcome PCOS and insulin resiatance not just temporarily but for the long term.