Critical Health: Late-Breaking Discoveries About Sleep!

As fitness enthusiasts, we all understand the importance of quality sleep. However, it has been reported that as much as 60% of the US population suffers from some sort of sleeplessness. The study tells us why.

As fitness enthusiasts, we all understand the importance of quality sleep. However, it has been reported that as much as 60% of the US population suffers from some sort of sleeplessness every year. Experts believe that the primary cause of sleep problems is high amounts of stress throughout the day.

As the day progresses, the body continues to operate at high gear and this is due to continual stress on the nervous system. Stress hormones accumulate over the course of the day and when it finally comes time to falling asleep, it's difficult to go from, say, 4th gear down to 1st in such a short time. That's why it's important to control these stress hormones constantly and consistently in order to effectively downshift into sleep mode.

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It was found in a trial conducted by a supplement company, that a particular product promoted the reduction of cortisol, one of the main stress-related hormones produced by the body, by 60% following the first dose. The rest of the trial saw an average decrease in the hormone by a whopping 75-83%. What else is important to note is that this treatment produced no side effects and does not have the potential to become habitual.

Cortisol
A corticosteroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex (in the adrenal gland). It is a vital hormone that is often referred to as the "stress hormone" as it is involved in the response to stress. It increases blood pressure, blood sugar levels and has an immunosuppressive action.

Furthermore, it has been shown that reduced cortisol has other health benefits such as the increase of HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) as well as a reduction in adipose (fat) tissue in the abdominal region.