It’s not just about how much you sleep. It’s not even about how well you sleep.
Well, not entirely. Both of these factors ARE important.
But they’re also obvious.
There’s another critical factor when it comes to slumber – one that’s just as important as the other two.
This one’s not obvious at all. And as a result, it hasn’t gotten much attention… until now.
New research nails down this critical “X” factor when it comes to sleep. In most cases, it’s 100 percent within your control.
And if you master this ONE nighttime habit, you can…
- RESET your metabolism
- RESTORE your energy
- CUT your cholesterol
- LOSE weight
Talk about a big payoff.
The MISSING LINK to healthy sleep
Sleep duration and quality are just two of the three pillars of good sleep.
The other is sleep variability. That just means WHEN you hit the hay each night.
The more variability you have – the more your bedtime shifts around from night to night – the more risks you’ll face.
And we’re talking about major consequences here including higher cholesterol and blood sugar, lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol, rising blood pressure, and a bigger waistline.
You may recognize those symptoms. That’s because they’re the foundation for a growing problem here in the United States called metabolic syndrome. The condition often shows up right before diabetes does.
And, incredibly, they’re all linked to whether or not you go to sleep at the same time each night.
For every hour your bedtime varies, your chances of facing one or more of those risk factors jumps by 27 percent.
What’s more, those risks are there even when people get the “right amount” of shuteye, but just do it at different times.
Make the most of your slumber with THIS
In most cases, sleep variability is within your control. And that’s especially true if it changes from night to night simply because of whatever’s on TV, or maybe a book you can’t put down.
But odds are, that’s NOT why your own sleep schedule is all screwy.
It’s not books. It’s not late-night TV. It’s not bad habits. It’s a sign of something else – something all too common as you get older, and that’s insomnia.
It’s common as we age to experience difficulty falling asleep at almost ANY time, much less a consistent one. But there’s also a solution.
It turns out the inability to fall asleep, especially at what was once your “normal” bedtime, is often a sign of low melatonin.
That’s better known as the “sleep hormone,” because it helps you to sleep. But it’s also a critical factor in your metabolism, and low levels have been linked to obesity, rising blood sugar, high blood pressure, and more.
Notice a trend here? That’s just about everything named in the new study.
That means there could be a link. Low melatonin could play a role in both poor sleep habits AND the risks that come with it.
If that’s the reason for your own poor sleep, it’s easy enough to fix as melatonin is available as a simple, safe, and inexpensive supplement. It can help you get your sleep schedule back on track.
But don’t just pop any old melatonin pill. Look for a spray form that gets absorbed almost instantly into your body, so it works faster.
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