Monday, March 30, 2009

Sleeping my way to Weight Loss

"It has been a long established fact that when we sleep, hormones are effected and released. Leptin and Ghrelin are two such hormones that influence our appetite but the production of these hormones largely depends on how much sleep you get and what quality of sleep you get as well. Leptin and Ghrelin acts as the "checks and balances" to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract and it stimulates appetite, while Leptin, produced in fat cells and it sends a signal to the brain when you are full.

Both of these hormones are just two of the many other various hormones secreted by your body and influenced by the hypothalamus of your brain. And the secretion as well as the timing of the release of these hormones and their functions and productions all depends on how much sleep you get and what quality of sleep you experience each night. For a patient with sleep disorder, it is natural for them to have bad appetite and high-fat and unhealthy diet practices." Ebey Soman

I was online looking at some weight loss suppliments and I ran across Leptin and Ghrelin. The search continued onto Helium ( a place where authors write publicly to get exposure to publishing companies and such).

This information really resonates with me. Sleep is an ongoing battle. So I am going to be more diligent in getting to bed before 11pm and getting ample sleep. I have been using Peter Gilman's Natural Calm which is a Magnesium/Calcium powder that you mix up with a bit of hot water and drink 20 minutes before bedtime. It's effervescent. I do sleep better and that combo is great on healing nerve stress. (Who doesn't have nerve stress these days?)

"Getting the right amount of sleep can be the first step to making sure that you're getting the ghrelin / leptin balance that your body needs to naturally maintain a healthy weight. You should also be getting sleep at the right times, not going to bed excessively late and not sleeping only a little bit one day and then a lot the next to make up for it. As much as possible, you should try to get between 6-8 hours of sleep per night if you want to naturally balance out your ghrelin and leptin levels."

Leptin is a hormone produced by the body's fat cells and involved in the regulation of body weight. What? Our fat cells, that adipose tissue has become an organ in the body. It is a hormone producing organ? Yep! The fat that we have on our body sends out Leptin messages to the brain that demands more fat to keep it alive. What a cruel biochemical joke! I am not amused. So being hypoleptin is a factor.

Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the stomach and pancreas that stimulates the appetite, factors in our production of growth hormone (youth hormone), our adapatability to change in enviroment, our ability to learn, lung developement, and defence agains anxiety and stress.

1 comment:

  1. I have battled insomnia for years. Since starting my new journey, I have not taken a single Ambien. I take a warm bath every night with Epsom salts, which are full of magnesium. While my sleep patterns aren't perfect (perfect stinks!) they are much better.

    This was an interesting read, thanks!