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Sleeping Less Causes Larger Appetite

Sleeping Less Causes Larger Appetite

Sleep-deprived diners in study consume nearly 600 calories more per day

Losing sleep over work, relationships, or life in general? Catch up on your zzz's — it may impact how much you eat per day, says new research from the Mayo Clinic.

Researchers studied 17 people's dining and sleeping habits, and then cut half the participants' hours of sleep by one-third. The results: They found that those who slept just 1.5 hour less than their peers ate about 550 more calories per day. So not only is sleep deprivation linked to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, it's now linked to weight gain.

The lack of sleep, researchers say, increased leptin levels (which supress hunger) and decreased ghretin levels (which signal hunger) were found in the sleep-deprived participants, a surprising result. However, despite the perceptions, they say more research is needed to prove the link between obesity and lack of sleep, as "the proof is not present." Good thing there are foods that can actually help you fall asleep.


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void:


Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians

Even with diet and exercise, the pounds may seem impossible to shed.

It&rsquos understandable when you gain a few pounds after vacation or if you break your ankle and spend six weeks propped on the sofa bingeing obscure British cooking shows (and the chocolate scones to go with them).

But when you can't zip your jeans for no freaking reason at all &mdash you swear you&rsquore not eating any more or exercising any less &mdash it can feel like there&rsquos some dark magic at play. You may find yourself standing on the bathroom scale, screaming into the void: