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Sleep Deprivation Hinders Weight Loss!

Aug 9, 2008
Do you experience chronic sleep deprivation? In the past forty years alone, American adults have reduced the amount of sleep they get by two hours each night! In that same amount of time, the number of obese Americans has risen from one in nine to one in three!

This is not just an American issue. A study recently conducted at the University of British Columbia on adults between the ages of 32 and 49, determined that participants who slept less than seven hours a night, were significantly more likely to be obese!

What could be causing this alarming statistic? The culprits, caused by sleep deprivation, are two hormones called leptin and ghrelin.

Leptin is responsible for regulating energy expenditure and energy intake. It's main function is to tell your brain when you've had enough to eat.

Ghrelin's main function is to trigger hunger. Your ghrelin levels are naturally higher prior to a meal and naturally lower following a meal.

How is sleep deprivation affected by these two hormones? When your body is deprived of adequate sleep, it produces more ghrelin, which is the appetite stimulator, but less leptin, which is the appetite depressant! In 2004, a study conducted at The University of Chicago demonstrated alarming results. Participants, who slept only four hours a night for two nights in a row, had an increase in their ghrelin levels by 28% and a decrease in their leptin levels by 18%!

It's quite clear from looking at this study that sleep deprivation causes people to have appetites that are on overdrive. As if that weren't alarming enough, the same lack of sleep hinders the body's ability to recognize that it's had enough food.

Sleep deprivation has long been known to adversely affect our health and increase our risk in areas such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, and diabetes. Now, we also know that getting as little as 6-7 hours of sleep a night is detrimental to our health in ways that may be far more dangerous.
About the Author
Gail M. Davis provides more facts about the disturbing relationship between sleep deprivation and weight loss. Visit her website, Easy Weight Loss Tips where you'll find many weight loss issues such as this in addition to healthy recipes.
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