The Effect Of Sleep Deprivation On Collagen Production
Collagen plays a vital role in protecting our immune systems and is found throughout the body, including in the eyes, teeth, bones, joints, skin, and blood vessels.
When our bodies get a lot of good rest (such as when we have REM sleep patterns and are deeply asleep), the human growth hormone and collagen production are stimulated.
When our lifestyles dictate that we perhaps don’t rest as much as we should (or could), collagen production diminishes.
We start to see the effects immediately in the condition of our skin, which gets dry, wrinkled, and tired-looking very quickly.
Our bodies begin to shut down “unnecessary” functions like regulating metabolism and insulin.
The repair process that is supposed to restore our bodies back to optimal performance levels cannot continue, and our DNA strands begin breaking.
In autoimmune skin conditions (like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea), stress is a direct trigger for disease onset, including chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, and more.
In fact, the onset of skin conditions are often the reason autoimmunity is diagnosed, and are a precursor to other, more serious, conditions.
Gut health is absolutely key to your immune system health.
Roughly three quarters of the human immune system resides in the stomach, so a compromised gut is naturally going to compromise your immune system.
This is why diarrhea is listed as one of the symptoms to look out for in most illnesses and treatment plans.
Collagen synthesis is a vitally-important process in healing, reparation, and maintenance of the immune system and the gut.
Ignoring tell-tale symptoms of an irritated gut may lead to further irritation or infection – which only upsets the immune system and causes more stress.
If you can’t change your stressful lifestyle, it’s time to change your diet and supplement intake.
Obviously, no supplement or diet can produce all the required substances nor replace the vital repair tasks performed while we sleep, but essential nutraceuticals like collagen and Ubiquinol (when taken correctly) boost our body’s ability to produce these substances naturally.
For example, our marine collagen supplement (which is derived from fish, not mammals) contains glycine and proline, two amino acids that help regulate acidity.
Water-based marine collagen repairs and restores intestinal linings, preventing stomach acid from leaking and causing reflux, heartburn, or ulcers.
The human body only requires about 500mg of collagen daily. Under stressful conditions, collagen is produced in significantly lower-than-needed amounts, as are all your body’s much-needed nutrients.
In this instance, the average human would only produce roughly 300mg of collagen daily.
That’s about 60% of recommended daily allowance, meaning only 60% of your body can use today’s collagen it worked so hard to produce.