The amount of sleep we have a night can really determine our mood for the day. Personally, when I stay up late, I’m in my bed until 10 am the next day. And I’m still cranky. Without the proper amount of sleep, we get mood swings, no focus, and sometimes even headaches. Missing out on the appropriate number of hours every day can also impact long-term with health and skin conditions. Sometimes it can even lead to weight gain.
Hormones Go Crazy
Hormones, like leptin (decrease hunger) and ghrelin (increase hunger), play a major role in regulating appetite in your body. When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop and ghrelin levels rise, making you more and more hungry.
The Brain Starts Craving Sugary and Fatty Foods
When you’re tired, the brain tells you to get the calories to help you stay awake. The unhealthy sugars from the high-calorie, sugary, fatty foods help your eyes to stay open (at least short-term). On a side note, a recent study published in the journal Sleep found that sleep deprivation impacts the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, giving the same effects that smoking marijuana would.
Sleep Deprivation Can Slow Down Your Metabolism
Sleep deprivation messes up your metabolism, making it harder to process glucose causing your body to store more sugar than usual. This developing over time can cause you to become more and more tired over time.
Things to Help You Sleep
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