Did you know that a lack of sleep can cause weight gain?
That’s right! It’s true! Sleep Export Dr. Michael Breus, PhD explains that recent research strongly indicates that sleep depravation has a direct correlation to weight gain. How is this possible? Well, two simple reasons:
- Hormones: When you are sleep deprived, your cortisol level rises (stress hormone) which increases your appetite, causing your metabolism to slow down, not allowing you to burn as many calories through out the day.
- Food choice change: The more sleep deprived you are, the more you are likely to reach for cookies and cakes (comfort food). This occurs because your brain is trying to gather food that will help “calm you down”, causing you to consume, unhealthy, high calorie food.
Sleep has a large impact on your overall health, be mindful of how much sleep you are getting. Keep in mind that the National Sleep Foundation recommends that the average adult gets 7-9 hours of sleep. After all, everyone needs their beauty sleep!