(HealthDayNews) -- If you're trying to lose weight, don't burn the midnight oil. According to the Cincinnati Sleep Management Institute, too few ZZZs can mean you'll pack on the pounds.Here's why:
- Sleep loss can result in high blood levels of glucose, which causes your body to overproduce insulin and makes it easier to gain weight.
- Sleep deprivation can increase production of cortisol, a stress hormone that stimulates the appetite.
- Lack of sleep can lead to a growth hormone deficiency, which can cause you to put on fat, rather than muscle.