Sleep is very under-rated, particularly in our busy lifestyles.
Multiple studies show a connection between poor sleep and weight gain. Sleep deprivation (getting less than 7 hours of good, continuous sleep) leads to:
- poor glucose metabolism, leading to higher blood sugar levels (which increases the risk of diabetes)
- hormone imbalances, particularly with your "satiety" hormone leptin
- activation of our sympathetic nervous system ("fight or flight" system, associated with spikes in adrenaline)
- decreased immunity, affecting your ability to fight off infections
Click here to read more about how sleep and weight are connected.