A good night’s sleep can do more than help keep you well rested. Swedish scientists say it could help keep you fit. That’s because sleep deprivation is linked to overeating.
According to a research team at Uppsala University, the area of the brain responsible for feelings of hunger and satiety is affected by sleep deprivation. When sleep-deprived people are shown pictures of food, this area is more active than in people woh’ve gotten adequate sleep.
“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,” said lead researcher Christian Benedict. “It may therefore be important to sleep about eight hours every night to maintain a stable and healthy body weight.”
As little as one night of sleep loss shows a measurable impact in hunger. So get some rest—and you’ll feel thinner in the morning.
Charles Lieberman, MedexSupply blogger