Why is sleep important?
Many health professionals claim sleep to be as important as exercise and diet in anti-aging, training and weight loss regimens. However, there are at least 40 million Americans reporting sleep problems. (1) Although we tend to think of sleep as a period of complete rest, it is crucial to promoting health and optimal functioning. During sleep, the body is hard at work performing a variety of biological processes to help regenerate and repair muscles and body tissues. Adequate sleep is also essential for maintaining mood, memory, and cognitive performance. (2,3) It is vital for the proper functioning of both the immune and endocrine systems, and many studies have demonstrated the relationship between sleep duration and several serious health issues like obesity, hypertension, and depression. (4,5,6)
Sleep, hormones, and appetite
Sleep directly impacts our hormone levels, and hormone levels play a very important role in hunger and satiety. Over the last 50 years, the incidence of obesity and other diseases have reached epic numbers in America, and this trend is proportional to the decrease in sleep duration. Appetite control, hormone levels, fat storage, muscle repair, and stress are all impacted by sleep quality. Sleep is just as important as exercise and diet in training programs and weight loss regimens. During sleep, the body is hard at work releasing anabolic hormones to regenerate and repair muscle tissue. Quality sleep also aids in keeping levels of fat promoting hormones low. Lack of adequate sleep can lead to fat gain, increased hunger and sugar cravings, decreased muscle mass, decreased strength, and a weakened immune system. (5,6,7,8)
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Velvet antler is one of nature’s richest sources of IGF-I. IGF-I is the metabolite of growth hormone and these hormones are master anabolic hormones responsible for growth and metabolism. (9)
Bovine colostrum is nature’s most powerful supply of growth factors and immune building factors. (10) Colostrum is great source of bio-identical growth hormone and IGF-I, which can be diminished without proper sleep.
Mucuna is a bean-like substance that is nature’s richest source of L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine. Dopamine regulates sleep, mood, motivation, stress, motor skills, and a variety of other bodily functions. (11) Mucuna does not create a negative feedback loop with dopamine production.
Melatonin is a hormone created from serotonin by way of tryptophan. Melatonin regulates sleep cycles and induces REM sleep patterns. It has a powerful antioxidant effect and increases the metabolic rate during sleep for weight loss. (12) Melatonin plays a key role in healthy aging and immune response.
B-6 is a major coenzyme for many bodily functions and reactions. B-6 increases the production of serotonin, which induces sleep, heightens mood, and improves mental cognition. (13)
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- McCarthy CG, Alleman RJ, Bell ZW, et al. A dietary supplement containing Chlorophytum Borivilianum and velvet bean improves sleep quality in men and women. Integr Med Insights 7:7-14. 2012.
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- Gyorgy P. Developments leading to the metabolic role of vitamin B6. Am J Clin Nutr 24, 1250-1256. 1971.