LUFT Labor Day Sale!

You know I love my sleep! Sleep is so important for weight loss, healing and general health. We have partnered with LUFT for a number of reasons! Here are a few:

  • LUFT is 100% hand-crafted in the USA and sourced using local American made components.
  • Made with no ozone depleters
  • Made with no heavy metals (including mercury and lead)
  • Made without prohibited phthalates
  • Low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • No BPDE (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) in fire retardants. Made with no formaldehyde

LUFT even uses a natural fire barrier made of cotton and rayon (the same fabrics used in clothing) and no harsh chemicals. Given the EPA identified indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to health. Keeping your home free of radon, allergens, VOCs, PBDEs just to name a few is important for everyone in your house.

Labor day weekend is one of the best times of the year to buy a new mattress. You get some of the best deals of the year. These are the biggest coupon codes yet. Especially for the Little LUFT kids beds! Check out these coupon discounts.


MariaKing $ 325 off King Adult Luft

MariaQueen $ 325 off Queen Adult Luft

MariaLitte $ 150 off Littleluft Bed for Kids

You also get free fast delivery to your door. Plus you get a 100 night risk free guarantee and a 10 year warranty!

leptin and sleep

I suffered with sleep issues for a long time and it caused me to hold unto unwanted pounds. My moods also suffered with the inability to sleep but now I make sleep a priority and I also found a few things that help me to get quality sleep.

Many studies connect a link between sleep and the hormones that manipulate our eating behavior; which are ghrelin and leptin. Have you ever experienced a sleepless night followed by a day when no matter what you ate you never felt satisfied? I hate that! This is the outcome when leptin and ghrelin get out of balance. Leptin and ghrelin work like a “checks and balances” that manage hunger and fullness. Ghrelin, produced in the stomach, increases appetite, while leptin, produced in fat cells, sends a message to our brain when we are full. A lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to increase and your leptin levels to decrease. This imbalance causes us to intensely crave food and never feel full. The worst part is that we don’t crave broccoli, we crave high calorie sweets and starchy foods. Over time, this imbalance can easily lead to long-term weight gain.

In a Chicago study, doctors analyzed leptin and ghrelin levels in 12 fit men. They started by charting their normal levels of appetite and hunger. The men were assigned to two days of sleep deprivation followed by two days of limitless sleep. Doctors supervised hormone levels, appetite, and activity level. The men had considerable changes. When sleep was restricted, leptin levels went down and ghrelin levels went up. As expected, the men’s appetite also increased; the desire for high carbohydrate, high calorie foods increased by a shocking 45 percent.

A Stanford study found an interesting significance of the leptin-ghrelin effect. They studied 1,000 volunteers that reported the number of hours they slept each night. Doctors then analyzed their levels of ghrelin and leptin, and their weight. The numbers show that the volunteers who slept less than eight hours a night not only had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, but they also had a higher body fat levels. The link comes when they discovered that their levels of body fat correlated with their sleep patterns. Those who slept the fewest hours per night weighed the most.

Sleeping less also affects changes in our basal metabolic rate. When you are sleeping, your body produces human growth hormone; the stuff celebrities are now injecting to look young and feel young. Human growth hormone helps preserve our muscle and keep our metabolism firing at night. So an inadequate amount of sleep will keep this highly desired hormone from kicking in. Another thing to remember is that our human growth hormone doesn’t kick in if we eat 3 hours before bed.

When you get a good night’s rest your body has adequate time to repair and rejuvenate.

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