Last Updated on 5 June 2022 by Ray Plumlee

Many men over 60 do not realize the importance HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, plays in their natural ability to restore and repair itself during times of rest. Human Growth Hormone is a naturally occurring hormone found in the human body. HGH is secreted from the pituitary gland at night, during slow wave sleep, and has many amazing health benefits.

The secretion of HGH lowers rapidly with age. As a matter of fact, HGH has been shown to decrease from 20% (for men 25 years or younger) to only 5% for men over the age of 35. Even more unsettling, research shows that men over 50 years of age experienced a secretion decrease of over 75%.

Lack of proper sleep causes a dramatic reduction in Human Growth Hormone, which seriously impacts the health of men over 60, who sometimes begin to lose the ability to fall back into a deep sleep after being awakened at night. Over 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep difficulty, and almost half of them have a “sleep disorder” which causes them to be walking around deprived of sleep on a daily basis. This lack of sleep causes a chain reaction that lowers the levels of HGH in the human body, and opens men up to a number of complications.

What Happens When the Body is Deprived of HGH?

Growth hormone is typically released during REM sleep. During each cycle of REM sleep, bursts of HGH are released into the body, which uses the hormone to aid in cell reproduction, fat loss, and the ability to restore energy needed for the day. A lack of HGH in the body can cause a multitude of other issues as well, such as: fat gain, difficulty building muscle mass, sleep apnea, loss of bone density, osteoporosis, dry or sagging skin, and even depression and anxiety!

How to Naturally Increase HGH Levels

There are a few sleep tips that may help increase the level of human growth hormone in the body. So before you slide into your fresh and clean bed sheets, and lay your head down on a soft and comfortable memory foam pillow, try a few of these HGH sleep suggestions.

  1. Deep sleep increases HGH levels. Sleeping in a cool dark place will increase your chances of deep sleep.
  2. Increase your cardio! When it comes to cardio, variety is key. Use a combination of walking, jogging, and running, in order to naturally boost your HGH levels over a 24 hour period. Make the workout intense!
  3. Reduce stress and laugh more! Studies have shown that lowering stress levels, and increasing beta-endorphins (by laughing and having a good time), can increase HGH levels significantly.
  4. Do not eat 2-4 hours before going to sleep for the night. Eating raises insulin levels, and when insulin levels are high HGH production is low.
  5. Lose weight by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Dropping those extra pounds can help with insulin sensitivity and lower the amount of insulin in your body while increasing the HGH levels.

Bottom line, once you understand the role sleep plays in your production of HGH the easier it will be to take the proper steps to increase your hormone levels, energy levels, and overall health.


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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.

Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men's health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at

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I mentioned elsewhere that I have trouble sleeping. I know I produce less HGH than I used to, so I’m gonna try some of these tips. Any thoughts on supplements that might help?


I really enjoyed the parts of this article that explained the importance of beta-endorphins, and the relationship between insulin and HGH. I had no idea all these things were so closely related! I’ve heard that HGH is critical for creating new cells, and therefore its gradual reduction is one reason we (literally) age. It makes perfect sense that poor sleep slows down one’s healing process, once you consider that HGH production occurs during REM sleep. What do you know about boosting one’s HGH levels using supplements that serve as a precursor?

Ray Plumlee

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can be injected into the body, however a safer alternative is to take supplements that have been proven to be effective in stimulating the release of growth hormone in the body: 3 gm L-Glutamine 4 gm L-Arginine 2 gm L- Ornithine 3 gm Glycine 500 mg Vit. C 2 gm MSM (organic sulfur) 250 mg Niacin (B-3) You didn’t ask about using Herbs to stimulate HGH but this is an alternative that deserves more investigation. So look out for a forth coming article on this topic. Scientists debate whether direct HGH supplementation has any measurable effects… Read more »

Jesus M. Elliott

Americans report sleeping a normal of 7 hours and 36 minutes every night; by and large going to bed at 10:55 p.m. what’s more, waking at 6:38 a.m. on workdays, and sleeping approximately 40 minutes longer on non-workdays or ends of the week.

Charles Fields

Splendid information for people over 60! Without any doubts in my mind, this is the best blog for elderly people who want to keep themselves fit and healthy. Deep and comfortable sleep improves health and a sleep disorder triggers many complications including increased stress levels and weight gain. Keep sharing good stuff with us.

John Heimbach

People over 60 should consider the fact that aging is not a disease. But, we need to take low HGH vigilantly, because it may lead to chronic fatigue and increase aging process. I recon, your suggestions to overcome abnormal sleep patterns is worth sharing.

Ken Spencer

I have been dealing with disrupted sleep for so long I can not remember what it feels like to sleep well for an entire night through. I had no idea that a lack of sleep can be so detrimental to one’s health though. Thanks for the insightful information!

Rudey Marks

If I pick up a tip reading an article that will come in useful I consider the time spent reading it to be time well spent. I habitually eat something before I go to bed. My personal theory has been that since I feel tired after I eat, eating before I want to sleep is a good plan. Obviously not. Thanks for clarification.


Great post! Though I knew a little about it, I never took time to read more and actually understanding this. I never knew how bad a lack of sleep could be.

Troy D.

I have been losing a lot of sleep lately. I found it fascinating that not getting enough sleep effects HGH release, which in turn is probably responsible for my weight gain. I am tired so eat less, but until now I was inexplicably gaining weight.Thank you for providing this bit of insight.


Sleeping, doing sports and eating.. Three of my favorite activities. Thank you for the insightful article!

Richard Henderson

This was a fantastic post. I knew getting enough sleep was as important as eating right and exercising but I had no idea that the lack of sleep could be so devastating to the mind and body. I am a light sleeper, and do not have an easy time falling asleep. Obviously I am going to have to address this as part of my well being effort.

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