Maintaining a healthy weight can be extremely challenging, even from just a calorie in calorie out perspective. Factor in the relationship between weight gain and poor sleep and the problem is even more complex. As it turns out, though, the sleep part of the weight gain equation is not too difficult to fix! Having trouble falling asleep can mean more than feeling tired the next day. It can also lead to poor performance at work, school and at the gym - pretty much anywhere you’re looking to succeed. Who knew a little thing like losing sleep could actually be the main factor in your struggle to keep off extra pounds?
When our circadian rhythm is disrupted, metabolic dysfunction occurs. Metabolic dysfunction is when abnormal chemical reactions in the body alter the normal metabolic process. This disruption can wreak havoc on our calorie intake and the way we store fat. When our energy levels dip due to lack of sleep, our bodies crave energy and we are subconsciously drawn to processed food and carbohydrates. Furthermore, because we aren’t sleeping enough to restore our energy levels, our bodies begin to store the fat to be used later on. A vicious cycle to say the least.
In light of all this you may logically ask yourself, “OK, so how can I get more sleep?” You have enough on your plate without trying to tackle this question (stress and long to-do lists are partly why you can't sleep in the first place). Fortunately, the answer may be a lot more simple than you think.
Screens and Sleep
As busy adults living in the 21st Century, we can all agree that satisfying sleep is hard to come by. Our daily lives are filled to the brim with screens, from working at a computer all day to spending free time looking at our phones. Before bed, it can sometimes feel like you’re “winding down” by scrolling through Facebook or catching up on a T.V. show. However, this nightly screen time actually does more harm than good…for your eyes and your weight.
Unfortunately for those of us who spend a lot of time in front of a screen, our recreational habit may actually be keeping us up at night. Artificial light sources from things like televisions, phones and computers emit light in the blue light spectrum. To your brain, all this blue light is screaming “it’s daytime!” and because of that, melatonin is suppressed.
The hormone melatonin is sleep’s best friend, and it’s usually released once the sun sets. This was foolproof for our ancestors who followed along with the sun’s patterns to wake them up and put them to bed. However, in today’s world of mobile devices and Netflix binge watching, our brains are downright confused.
Lighting the Way...to Sleep
Let’s be honest, most of us aren't going to give up our favorite show after a long day at work or skip important computer time just because of our impending bedtime. Luckily, there is a solution and it’s simpler than you think. It starts with a pair of glasses.
You’ve probably heard of blue blockers, glasses that block the blue light from your screens and allow your brain to avoid receiving them. However, what many people don’t realize is that traditional daytime blue blockers only block one kind of light. Newer scientific studies have found that both blue and green light is harmful to sleep. This means that even when you are blocking out the blue light while you’re on your gadgets during the day, melatonin is still being suppressed because it’s only part of the problem. It’s the few hours before you go to bed and the blocking of green light in addition to blue that is the critical piece of the puzzle that Sleep Savior addresses so simply.
What can we do? Our brains are picky that way. The world is no longer a simple place of dawn till dusk shrouded in perfect therapeutic darkness. That’s why Sleep Savior was created. Sleep Savior glasses are designed to block out melatonin-suppressing light spectrums and fully allow our brains to get sleepy. This can be life-changing for overnight shift workers, sufferers of jet lag, those battling insomnia, and people who just want to get more quality shut eye.
Other Benefits of Sleep Savior
Now you understand the relationship between lack of sleep and weight gain, but there are other aspects of life that are affected when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep Savior glasses can lead to increased energy during the day, a strengthened immune system, improved memory, and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression - all of which are symptoms of disrupted sleep. The benefits of better sleep are endless and vital--and now totally achievable.
Cutting edge Sleep Savior glasses will be available in early June. Be the first to hear about product updates, release dates, and get early bird discounts by subscribing to our email list. You can also learn more about our other blue light blocking collections and the work we’re doing to protect your eyes and your ZZZs on our website.