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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.
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.
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).