The Link Between Sleep And Weight
How much sleep we get each night may be affecting our weight. Researches from several different studies have found a link between sleep and the hormones that influence our eating behavior. Two specific hormones are involved, gherlin and leptin. Gherlin is responsible for feelings of hunger. Leptin tells the brain when it’s time to stop eating. When you’re sleep deprived, gherlin levels increase the same time that your leptin levels decrease. The result is an increased craving for food and not feeling when your full. Sleep deprived people tend to choose different foods to snack on -mainly high calorie sweets, salty and starchy foods. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Talk with your doctor if you wake up feeling tired, and you know that you tend to snore at night, your physician may want to refer you for a sleep study.