It’s a fact that sleep deprivation is connected to weight gain. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep leads to a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese.
These studies found that in order to avoid the hormonal imbalances and other factors that can lead to overeating, you should get no less than 6 hours of sleep per night.
If you get less than 6 hours of sleep, your body creates less of the hormone that helps you feel full after eating. At the same time, the production of the hormone in charge of making you feel hungry is increased.
Combined with the usual hit to willpower we take when we haven’t been sleeping, it becomes easy to see how we end up eating more food, particularly ones high in calories and sugar.
It’s important to note that one sleepless night is not the end of the world. You can make up for lost sleep later, but losing sleep habitually is going to be trouble.
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