Health, Philosophy — January 30, 2013 at 20:49

Sleep’s Surprising Effects on Hunger

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gqGetting too little sleep often makes people feel hungrier than normal, leading to overeating and weight gain. A study in the journal Sleep found a biological reason for this that surprised the researchers.

Lack of sleep triggers hormonal changes, but the hormones affected are different for men and women, the study found. The researchers said they expected sleep deprivation to affect glucose or insulin levels in both sexes.

Thirty normal-weight men and women in their mid-30s participated in two inpatient stays at an obesity research center in New York City. Each stay was six days long and involved five overnight sleeps. READ MORE

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