Light Sleeper, Heavy Gainer

Sleep deprivation encourages weight gain

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(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.

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