Poor Sleep Increases Hunger

by anonymous user on July 21, 2010

Is there any connection between poor sleep habits and the unacceptably high levels of obesity in our society?

A UCLA study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests a clear connection between poor sleep patterns and hunger. It turns out that sleep-deprivation causes an increase in a hunger stimulating hormone called “ghrelin” and a decrease in another hormone called “leptin“– an important hormone in the regulation of both appetite and metabolism. It is no surprise that nighttime eating is commonplace among the overweight and obese.

It is important to note that these and other hormones are directly connected to the part of the brain that is responsible for subconscious control of eating and metabolism. When these hormones are out of balance, hunger and eating are difficult to control. Self-control is little help in such a situation. Healthy sleep patterns play an important role in controlling appetite and helping you to achieve your weight loss goals.

A recent study discovered that a single night of poor sleep resulted in insulin resistance. As you may already know, insulin resistance can promote diabetes and weight gain. In fact, when the body is resistant to insulin, weight loss is nearly impossible. This and many other studies prove the interconnectedness of the body. You simply cannot ignore the importance of a good night of sleep, especially when weight loss is your goal.

Sleep researchers suggest getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. For the best rejuvenation, it is recommended that you try to get to sleep before 11 pm. If possible, try not to eat at least 3 hours before bed. This will allow the body to dedicate its resources towards repair and rejuvenation rather than digestion and assimilation.

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