Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lack of sleep makes you hungry

New research from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that a specific brain region that contributes to a person's appetite sensation is more activated in response to food images after one night of sleep loss than after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits can therefore affect people's risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The findings are published in theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The research described in this article backs up what I already know from personal experience: The less quality sleep we get, the more our body craves energy rich foods. While the article discusses sleep loss rather than the poor quality sleep, I think scientists should be able to note similar patterns in those who suffer from sleep apnea, abnormal breathing while sleeping. Common symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleep, and sleepiness during the daytime. Often with sleep apnea, doctors say it is caused by being obese. While it may be a contributing factor, I think that sleep apnea itself increases appetite and contributes to gaining weight. Therefore, treating sleep apnea may be yet another way to keep your weight in check.

I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments on this blog entry.


kaney said...

Do you wake up in the morning feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep? Have you been told that you snore loudly and seem to stop breathing while sleeping? Then it is possible that you are suffering from Sleep Apnea. Read on to find out more about the symptoms and diagnosis for this condition.

Phyto B

grivin said...

Hay, thanks for sharing your article with us. It is really awesome but can you please tell us what things are responsible for our less sleep.

Terry Jones said...

Yep, they're absolutely right in writing this. It's not only that you're losing vital force, when staying up for a longer time, but you also want to grab something to eat just out of sheer boredom. I can easily relate to that, basing on my night shifts experience. A few years back, I had to work during nights. Sometimes, there wasn't much to do (well, this seems obvious in the middle of the night,) so I grabbed a sandwich or two, just to kill time. It was terrible! I gained lots of weight back then.
Till now, I didn't get rid of the compulsive night eating habit. At least I switched the white bread for a low-carb one (http://www.josephsbakery.com), which helps me not to gain much weight.