Why is getting a good night’s sleep so important for my health?
Proper rest and sleep are as important to good health as good nutrition and adequate exercise. During sleep our bodies rest, cardiac function slows, and our bodies conserve energy and memories are fixed and consolidated. Without proper rest and sleep, the ability to concentrate, make judgements and participate in daily activities decreases, whilst irritability increases.
- Body Fat
There is a consistent link between a lower amount of sleep and a higher percentage of body fat. People who stay awake for longer have more opportunity to eat, with late-night eating often including “comfort” foods. Although more sleep does not automatically result in weight loss, sufficient sleep and a regular sleep schedule are critical in controlling appetite. Often, we feel hungrier on nights when we stay up late, or on the following day when over tired.
Studies have found that insufficient sleep alters the levels of leptin and ghrelin, two hormones involved in the regulation of appetite and body fat. Leptin, released by fat cells, signals the brain to feel satiety. Ghrelin, produced in the stomach, signals hunger. Hormonal changes along with greater cravings for sweet and fatty foods may be related to the stress hormone cortisol, which can rise with sleep deprivation and contribute to hunger.
- Mental health
Sleep effects our mental health. Sleep-deprivation directly affects our mood and can leave us irritated, short-tempered and vulnerable to stress. Not only does sleep affect mood, mental states are also affected by sleep. Anxiety, depression and psychiatric disorders are all associated with sleep deprivation.
Populat sleep supplements: Do they work?
The ingredients in these supplements have been carefully selected due to their sleep promoting affects. Together these active ingredients work to promote soundful, deep and restorative sleep which will enable you to benefit from proper rest and awake feeling energised and ready for the day.
Levagen®: A form of palmitoylethanolamide, a fatty amide that occurs naturally in the body and is produced as a biological response to inflammation. Levagen supports joint function, reduces discomfort and helps promote sleep and recovery.
Palmitic Acid: A saturated fatty acid found naturally in palm oil, butter, cheese and milk.
Montmorency Cherry Powder: Rich in melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleepiness. It also contains tryptophan and anthocyanins, two compounds that may help the body create melatonin and lengthen its effects.
Hypromellose Capsule Shell: Suitable for vegetarians and withstands temperate fluctuations (it’s not brittle when stored at a low humidity so dehydration of the contents is prevented) and is shown to improve chemical stability.
5-HTP Griffonia Seed Extract: A naturally occurring amino acid extracted from griffonia simplicifolia seed that may help support the normal function of the nervous system and can help induce sleep as it helps increase serotonin production.
Chamomile Flower Powder: Traditionally chamomile preparations have been used to treat insomnia and induce sedation (calming effects). It’s widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.
Lemon Balm Extract [4:1]: A cultivated perennial lemon scented herb which has shown to have beneficial effects upon the brain. Lemon Balm has been said to possess a sedative and tranquilizing effect, provides relief from stress and has shown to help with insomnia.
Maltodextrin: An easily digestible polysaccharide used as an additive to improve flavour, thickness or shelf-life.