The idea that you can sleep AND lose weight is just too good to be true…right?! Well, it’s true…sleep is an often overlooked solution to a lot of health problems, including weight gain. Good, sound sleep can reduce inflammation levels, fatigue, and increase brain function during the day.
Melatonin is a hormone that our bodies release that stimulates Stage IV Sleep (aka REM Sleep). Supplementing melatonin is ideal for those individuals who don’t dream when they sleep, don’t sleep through the night, or just don’t feel like they sleep well, because they are always tired….independent from the amount of Zzzzs they got. Melatonin is a great supplement to improve sleep, and is the first thing I recommend people try if they are having issues with sleep.
Some research suggests that this hormone is related to increasing a type of fat found in the body called “beige fat”…now, before you leave me just bear with me! This is good news!! You see, beige fat is a type of fat that actually burns more calories! Other studies have shown that melatonin supplementation is directly linked to an increase of beige fat accumulation. The same study that showed this, also found that it increased the thermogenic process in the body, which raised the metabolic rate and burned more energy. These fat cells require more energy, so that’s why they burn more calories…leading to fat loss. Another research study found that cold can also turn white fat cells into brown or beige fat cells. So, theoretically, if you sleep in a cool room and are supplementing melatonin, you can burn more calories and may be able to lose weight in your sleep. (For more information, you can google these studies or visit these sites here and here)
Now, is this to say that everyone should take melatonin? Not necessarily. As with any supplement, you should check with your doctor.
If you are concerned about getting a quality melatonin…do your research before purchasing. We sell a prolonged release pharmaceutical grade melatonin here at Birk Grove Life Centre and Paducah Physiatric Partners…and it is the only melatonin I have ever taken that I can tell works! If you’re in the area, stop by and pick some up, or you can call and order it and we can ship it to you 🙂 !