26. The sleep solution
Don’t skimp on sleep if you want to feel younger for longer.
Deep sleep triggers the release of growth hormone which repairs the body’s tissues.
Ever looked in the mirror after a late night and thought you looked older? It’s not your imagination. When you don’t get enough sleep, you miss out on growth hormone, an amazing chemical that fights the ageing process.
When you enter the deepest stage of sleep, growth hormone is released from the pituitary gland located just below the brain. It increases the amount of nutrients taken up by the cells, and increases the rate at which they divide, encouraging the growth and repair of muscle and bone, and stimulating the immune system. If you cut back on sleep, you’re cutting ...