The connection between sleep quality and hormones is a widely studied topic, with ongoing research and significant findings. We already understand the significant impact of light, particularly blue light, on melatonin production. But today, we'll focus our discussion on another hormone - oxytocin.
Oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone," is produced in the brain and released into the bloodstream, influencing various biological processes. With a crucial role in social bonding, building trust, reducing stress and anxiety, and even falling in love, oxytocin affects our mental health and overall well-being. It also regulates physical processes such as uterine contractions during childbirth, lactation, and circadian rhythms.
The relationship between oxytocin and sleep is reciprocal. Lack of sleep can reduce oxytocin production and secretion, while low levels of oxytocin can negatively impact sleep quality. Recent studies have shown that sleep deprivation can significantly decrease oxytocin production, leading to negative symptoms. An imbalance in oxytocin levels can result in mood changes, difficulty with social connections, and depression.
Attaching these pieces of the puzzle raises a few interesting questions… Does falling in love can actually improve our overall health? Can sleep improve mental illnesses like depression? Is it possible to make our social lives better by sleeping better?
While none of these questions has been answered, it seems like the trend is getting clear - sleeping well does improve our mental and emotional state, and the other way around.
So, we @elvy.ai wish you a lovely Valentine’s day,
and a good night’s sleep.
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