In addition to trying to obtain 6-8 (uninterrupted) hours of sleep each night, to acquire REM and Delta (or Stage 4) sleep, an afternoon snooze, even if it’s for only 10 or 15 minutes, is extremely beneficial for stimulating the brain’s pituitary-GH mechanism.
Short naps, also known as the power nap or catnaps, activate the pineal and pituitary glands to jump into action as the body is given a much needed time-out from the pressures of the day. The siesta’s traditionally practiced by many countries that include Spain, Portugal, the Philippines and Mexico, have been shown by modern-day scientific studies to revitalize the homeostatic circadian rhythm’s of the body that prevents fatigue while removing excess stress on the heart and its cardiovascular system.
In addition, short bouts of sleep can also boost immunity, regulate blood pressure, combat anxiety, stress and depression, generate higher levels of reproductive and recuperative hormones, and enhance brain cognition.
So if you have 10 or so minutes during the day go ahead and shut your eyes to easily recharge your batteries.
Other GH boosters:
Some other ways to trick the pituitary into releasing growth hormone is through anabolic-stimulating exercise; like heavy weight training and sprinting, and (not joking) holding your breathe* to activate an innate survival mechanism.
* Don’t think of trying this, even at home. But if your doctor approves, give it a try to see how long you can last before gasping for a breath of good ole O2. And not to discourage you beforehand, the world record for holding ones’ breath was set by Stig Severinsen in 2012 with a mind-blowing performance of 22 minutes. Even the great Houdini didn’t come close timing out at 3 minutes and 30 seconds; enough time however to regurgitate and pick his locks.