Better Sleep and Weight Loss

Studies have shown that there is a strong connection between sleep and weight loss.  When we have a lack of sleep, our brains produce more of the hormone that tells us to eat (Ghrelin) and less of the one that tells us to stop (Leptin).  We live in a fast-paced and connected world and there is little time when we do not have some kind of electronic device nearby.

Weight Loss and Sleep

With the entire digital world at our fingertips nearly 24/7, it is often hard to unplug and relax. This causes many people to stay up "just one more hour" whether it is for work or play, resulting in a lack of sleep. For those who are looking to lose weight, this creates a problem.

In this state we are much more likely to make bad food choices. We may be too tired to cook a healthy meal, so we are more likely to order takeout or delivery, visit a drive thru or just eat plain old junk food we have around the house. Then to compound the problem, we are also too tired to exercise, meaning more of those empty calories are going to be sticking around. Cortisol levels have also been shown to be higher in those with a sleep deficiency due to the fact that cortisol production does not slow down as much as when we are in our proper sleep pattern. Higher cortisol levels signal the body to store more energy (calories). While proper sleep may not cause weight loss, lack of sleep can cause weight gain.

Melatonin may help you get the sleep you need

Melatonin is a hormone that helps to maintain the body's natural circadian sleep and wake cycle. Melatonin is generally produced in larger amounts in the evening hours and less during the daytime hours. In our always-on, hectic world, we often do not take the time to wind down in the evening, and are often exposed to bright lights indoors at night. This constant exposure to light affects the body's production of melatonin. Because of the correlation between sleep and weight loss, our product line includes supplements such as sublingual melatonin to help restore the body's natural sleep cycle, as well as products to help reduce stress levels (and therefore cortisol levels).