Snooze and Lose
Has it ever crossed your mind that it could be lack of sleep causing you to gain weight?
Multiple studies show a significant link between sleep deprivation and a tendency to gain weight. In fact; high quality sleep is associated with lower body fat while poor sleep correlates with higher body fat. Also, waking and going to sleep at the same time every day is most strongly linked with lower body fat.
Our lifestyle’s can often get in the way of catching sufficient ZZZZZ’s; juggling work, family, friends and relationships can often result in skimping on sleep.
However, allowing at least 7 hours sleep each night has a positive effect on appetite, and the hormones that control appetite, metabolism, and the signs that tell our brains we’re full. According to studies skimping on sleep boosts production of ghrelin, the hormone that controls food cravings, and decreases production of leptin, the hormone that signals satiety and helps prevent over-eating.
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