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Proper rest is one of the most key aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Studies show, however, we spend more time dealing with life and less having a great night’s sleep. With the use of natural ingredients it may be possible to provide the rest consumers have been chasing. Ecuadorian Rainforest, LLC, offers nutraceuticals for manufacturers to create finished products that may help consumers disconnect from the world and have a peaceful night’s sleep naturally.
One of the biggest consequences of sleep deprivation is obesity. Obesity is one of the leading health epidemics facing several western countries. A major cause of this epidemic may be too little sleep. In one study, researchers observed 68,183 women over the span of 16 years to see if sleep deprivation had a negative effect on weight management. After adjusting for age and body mass index, women who slept five hours or less gained up to 1.14 kg more than the women who slept for 7 hours. Additionally, women who slept 6 hours gained 0.71 kg more.1
Lack of quality sleep also affects decision making. From rote tasks to complex decision making, sleep deprivation can make people perform duties worse than when they had a full night’s sleep. Several sections of cognitive thinking are affected by sleep deprivation in varying degrees, including concentration, working memory, mathematical ability, and the use of logical reasoning. No matter if a person’s job is to sweep a floor or managing a Fortune 500 company, a lack of sleep can have serious consequences on decisions made on the job.2
The market for sleep support supplements has grown over the years as more people work longer hours and find themselves unable to unwind, leaving them with a mountain of worries and needing a helping hand to grab quality sleep. According to a report from Persistence Market Research, the global sleep aids market will be worth $80.8 billion by 2020.
The largest market for sleep aids is the United States, predicted to be worth $44.5 billion by 2020. The report credits advances in technology for the size of the market, with products aiming to help people with sleep disorders, sleep apnea in particular.3
Sleep supplements have always been a large market, specifically natural and homeopathic sleep products. From 2006 to 2011, over-the-counter sleep aids grew 31% with the bulk of it being made of functional foods. The trend has continued to steadily grow, showing that consumers are looking for natural remedies to their sleepless nights.4
Sleep supplements are perfect for a number of applications. Functional foods and beverages are perfect delivery options for sleep-supporting natural ingredients as well as encapsulation.
Nutraceuticals that may support a good night’s sleep includes: Valerian Root Powder, Chamomile Powder, Hops Powder, Mucuna Powder, Lemon Balm Powder, Tart Cherry Powder, Lavender Powder, St. John’s Wort Powder, Passion Fruit Powder, Cherry Juice Powder.