Here's another reason why not getting enough sleep can make you fatter: Lack of sleep activates a specific brain region that contributes to a person's appetite sensation!
We've always heard that if you want help losing weight to make sure you were getting enough sleep — we just had no idea that it was directly linked to actual hunger.
And we're not talking about just a prolonged life of lack of sleep… because it happens after just one night of bad slumber! The test subjects had increased levels of hunger, which indicates that an acute lack of sleep may affect human's food perception.
"After a night of total sleep loss, these males showed a high level of activation in an area of the brain that is involved in a desire to eat. Bearing in mind that insufficient sleep is a growing problem in modern society, our results may explain why poor sleep habits can affect people's risk to gain weight in the long run. It may therefore be important to sleep about eight hours every night to maintain a stable and healthy body weight."
Get to bed early, you can just TiVo Conan!
Just kidding, stay up and watch Conan to give him ratings — just wake up later! Ha!
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