A new app has been released which aims to help you lose weight by cutting out unnecessary stress in the morning.
Developed by a neuroscientist, the Weight Loss Alarm Clock allegedly reduces stress levels upon waking up by playing a soothing Tibetan alarm sound as opposed to a more blaring noise, which in turn produces a less tense reaction in the body.
Aggressive alarms can cause stress to the body, making it release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol affects fat distribution by causing fat to be stored around the middle, which can lead to excess fat around the organs – so the elimination of this stress could help to equalise levels of cortisol in the body.
A study by Yale University found that otherwise slim women with high stress levels carried more fat around their abdomens, and their bodies released large amounts of cortisol. This app could make a small contribution in redressing that balance.
We’ve all felt that sudden jolt of panic when a loud alarm interrupts a deep sleep – although whether switching the foghorn for the dulcet tones in this app can truly make a difference to our weight remains to be seen. Sweet dreams.
Sleep cycle: Weight Loss Alarm Clock 1.1 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide. It is also available for Android.
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