I’m tired…I’m hungry…they go together. When we don’t get enough restorative sleep our bodies release something called ghrelin, a hormone that causes you to feel hungry…in fact it releases more than normal, AND more than the leptin (a substance that makes you feel full) while circulating in your body.
Then, top it off with your body’s inability to replace dopamine and serotonin (two brain chemicals that give you that comfortable, satisfied feeling) when you are suffering from a lack of sleep and you can turn into a human train wreck when it comes to making choices about food! You will crave all the sugary, calorie laden junk food you really know you should avoid…and it all contributes to poor health and weight gain.
The lesson? Get enough sleep each night by keeping a journal about your activities. If you are suffering from a lack of sleep, take note of how much caffiene and alcohol you’re consuming and when, exercise, TV, computer time, etc…they all play a role in your good night’s sleep. We can’t forget stress…do your best to create a calming atmosphere where you sleep and absolutely get away from the TV and the computer before bed if you have trouble falling asleep.
How are you sleeping these days? I’ll share some tips on how to sleep well next time…
To Your Health!