Sleep and Weight Gain
“Most people don’t realize that better sleep habits are instrumental to the success of any weight loss plan.” – John Winkelman MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Disrupted sleep or sleep deprivation affects:
- growth hormone – controls body fat and muscle
- production of leptin hormone – tells body when it should feel full
- secretion of cortisol – stress hormone causing high calorie cravings
- reduced daytime physical activity including natural movement and fidgeting