OMG! I just read this article and think that my recent weight gain may have something to do with my lack of sleep.
As millions of Americans move through life weary and sleep-deprived, scientists are uncovering more and more evidence that insufficient slumber may cause hormonal shifts that boost both hunger and appetite, particularly for fat-laden carb catastrophes like jelly-filled donuts and super-sized fries.
“We all need to be aware there is a relationship between sleep and obesity,” says J. Catesby Ware, chief of the division of sleep medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and director of the Sleep Disorder Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
“There are a number of research studies that all support the thesis that too little sleep leads to weight gain,” Ware said. “How that happens is still somewhat unclear, but there are hormonal secretions that are affected with sleep loss that apparently affect appetite and eating.”
Extract taken from Woodtv.com’s original article Lack of Sleep Can Pack on the Pounds.
This is no good. Because I haven’t been sleeping as much, and I’ve been getting hungry pretty quickly and eating lots! No wonder my waist line is expanding. Hmm…looks like I better get more hours of sleep if I want to shed off those extra inches.
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