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Sleep Light-Eat Heavy A Losing Proposition – Dave’s Diary

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Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28 percent of adults now reporting that they get six or fewer hours of sleep per night.

Did you ever toss and turn at night, losing sleep, dreaming of food?  If so, the combination could end up making you fat. How? For starters, simply not getting enough sleep can make you fat. Research shows people who are sleep-deprived eat more than 500 extra calories a day. Add that up over time and it’s a lot of extra pounds. But why is that?

Look to leptin. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased levels of leptin and decreased levels of ghrelin, both of which are appetite-associated hormones.

So to be right, sleep right and eat right. Right?

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