How sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain

Sleep Deprivation

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You maybe suffering from sleep deprivation even though you think you're getting a good nights sleep. One study suggested that getting just fewer than 30 minutes sleep than you should per weekday can increase your risk of obesity and diabetes. Sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in cognitive functioning which relates to reaction time, decision making, or memory. 

Sleep is also essential for the brain too as it is involved in the repair and restoration of the body. The rest that happens during sleep really rejuvenates your body for the next day. 

Food Choices

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When you're tired you tend to go for whatever's easy and whatever is going to make you feel better in that moment. Often this means you pick unhealthy choices. When you're stressed, your body tries to produce serotonin to calm you down. And the easiest way to do this is by eating high-fat, high-carb foods that produce a neurochemical reaction. 

When you're too sleepy, your hormones go out of control, boosting levels of the ghrelin, which tells you when you're hungry. This is why you always feel a lot hungrier after a bad nights sleep. A study by The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, showed that a study of 30 sleep-deprived people ate on average 300 more calories per day. And a larger study of 225 people found that those who only spent four hours in bed for five consecutive nights gained almost two pounds more than those who were in bed for about 10 hours, over the course of a week.

The Sweet Stuff

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Lack of sleep also hinders your body's ability to process the sweet stuff. When your body is sleep deprived, the mitochondria in your cells that digest fuel start to shit down. Sugar remains in your blood, and you end up with high blood sugar. Losing out on sleep can make fat cells 30 percent less able to deal with insulin.

 

How To Fix Your Sleep Deprivation

Figure out what time you need to go to sleep in order to have 8 hours sleep that night. Then make sure lights are out for that time. Set an alarm at the same time every morning so your body gets into a routine and knows when it needs to sleep and when I needs to wake up. Things means you'll begin to be tired around the time you need to go so you can sleep better at night. 

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