How Bad Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain

It’s been confirmed that fewer hours of good-quality shut eye can affect more than just your mood, and can cause an unhealthy increase on your waistline, too. Sleep deprivation can have us reaching for sugary snacks to keep us alert, but it also slows our metabolism and hinders our recognition of the ‘full-up’ hormone.

Here are 5 reasons why feeling sleepy can lead to weight gain:

1. Hunger Hormone Spike:

Sleep deprivation leads to an increase of the hunger hormone ‘ghrelin’ in our system, increasing our appetite and causing us to overeat. It also alters the levels of Leptin in our bodies, which is usually used to supress hunger when we feel full. This imbalance leads us to eat beyond satiety.

2. Sugary Snacking:

When we are overly tired, our bodies crave convenient, high-sugar foods to give us a quick hit of energy. We are less likely to spend time or effort cooking a healthy meal, and instead, reach for unhealthy, processed snacks.

3. Less Likely to Exercise:

When you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is work out. The feeling of lethargy will come between any pre-planned gym session, and will kill your workout motivation. Ironically, the more exercise you do and the fitter you become, the better your sleep will be and your energy levels will increase dramatically.

4. Blood Sugar Imbalance:

When you are sleep deprived, your fat cells can’t react properly with insulin, and can cause an imbalance in your blood sugar levels. This can cause weight gain, and more serious health complications like Type 2 Diabetes.

4. Stress Eating:

When you are tired, your body produces too much cortisol, known as the Stress Hormone. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, and can increase appetite and make the body hold onto fat.

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