Did you know there might be a link between counting sheep and craving snacks? Research suggests a lack of sleep can increase hunger.
The Appetite Control System
A hormone called grehlin, secreted in the stomach, lets the mind and body know when it’s ready for food. After adding fuel to your body, another hormone called leptin is released, signaling to the brain you’re full. These two hormones keep the body’s appetite in check. (1)
Sleeping fewer than five hours increases the amount of grehlin discharged, causing hunger to spike. Additionally, this lack of sleep decreases leptin levels, so the body doesn’t know when to stop eating. (1)
In a study comparing well rested and sleep deprived individuals, researchers found participants who had too little sleep (four hours or less) consumed more calories and gravitated towards high-fat, high protein foods. (2)
"High-fat food is tempting, and maybe on short sleep you can’t restrain yourself as well, while on full sleep you can resist more easily." - Marie-Pierre St. Onge, Ph.D.
Large meals before bed may make it difficult to fall asleep, as some foods contain stimulating proteins. (3)
Here's the Deal...
Sleep makes you feel better and is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. (4) Be sure to keep up with your CPAP therapy, as quality rest may help reduce an increase in appetite.
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(1) "Sleep and Hunger: The Flat Belly Connection" - Functional Balance, Inc. (source).
(2) "Sleep Deprivation Spurs Hunger" - CNN Health, March 2011 (source).
(3) "Five Foods That Help You Sleep" - Caring.com, August 2009, Sept 2009. (source).
(4) "11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep" - Health.com. (source).