Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sleep and Metabolism

One would think that if you burn the candle at both ends by working 16 hours a day that you would burn more calories. In fact, the opposite is true. Even though less calories are burned when sleeping than when awake, the metabolic processes in the body change when the body is "burned out."

Hormone secretion, specifically Cortisol and Leptin change when the body is tired, possibly making it feel more hungry, and causing cravings for carbohydrates.

Experts say that rest and rejuvination is as important in weight loss as diet and exercise. Eight hours of rest is what is suggested by experts to keep the metabolism functioning normally.

If you are a person that has a hard time falling asleep, a hot cup a tea containing Valerian Root has been known to bring a gentle relaxation and a good nights sleep. A supplemental herb called Schizandra Dreams from a company called Health Concerns is a great supplement. This supplement contains Valerian Root and Schizandra Fruit and works like a charm for falling asleep. Dream yourself thin! Sweet dreams!

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