We just passed our holiday season, and holiday is often noted as period for weight gain. Everyday, weight gain can lead us to …. obesity. Today, the problem of obesity is so alarming that several millions of USD is being spent on researches on the best way people can avoid it with minimum effort. Recently, our First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House is geared up for a campaign to end the obesity epidemic and raise the health in this country. She really worried about this problem because currently more than 1 billion adults are overweight – and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese. Now, you may wonder: what can cause obesity? Well, one of the main cause of obesity epidemic is a hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone, produced by the adrenal gland when the body is under stress. Cortisol is released as part of your daily hormonal cycle, but it can also be released in reaction to perceived stress as part of the body's fight-or-flight response that is essential for survival. Cortisol helps your body more effective at producing glucose from proteins, and is designed to help quickly increase the body's energy in times of stress. But stress – both physical and emotional – can lead us to a constant state of excess cortisol production. Excess cortisol stimulates glucose production. This excess glucose then typically is converted into fat, ending up as stored fat in your body.
But, wait. You do not have to worry too much, because we have HGH in our body. Some scientist called this hormone as fountain of youth, cause it's a single most effective compound in our body that can control both fat loss and muscle gain. This means is our growth hormone is very powerful to reduce the effects of cortisol and also can help you to burn belly fat. Now the question is, how can we produce more and more growth hormone in our system?
You've probably heard (maybe in some TV medical shows) that a good night sleeping is one great way to reduce our cortisol levels. How? You see, while you're sleeping at night, you are giving your body the opportunity to produce more growth hormone. If you sleep more than 6 hours at night you will get a better chance to get rid the side effects of your hormone Cortisol. But if you sleep less than 6 hours per day, it's gonna be hard for you to fight Cortisol. Got it? But there's a little bit problem ….
You see as we get older, our need to sleep reliably reduced. Recently, according to a study conducted by the Sleep Journal and published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society, the time spent eight hours for sleep by older adults will continue to experience significant declines with age. Older adults often wake up and spend more time while awake than those of youngger adults. Deep sleep which is the most important stage of sleep to restore energy, decrease in duration as you age, the study said. And this could be a problem because as I mentioned before, sleeping can help your body produces more GH, and if you lack of sleep you would still have high cortisol level and your obesity problem will not solve. So, what are we gonna do now? Is there any solution to this? Of course there is.