When you do not get a good night’s sleep it really has an impact on your hormones and your body.
Lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain. When we don’t get enough sleep our cortisol levels increase (Cortisol is your stress hormone – click here for some relaxation techniques). High cortisol levels can lead to increased cravings for comfort foods (the pastas, doughnuts…high fat, high carb content foods).
Conversely, sleep deprivation can decrease leptin levels (Leptin is the hormone that controls hunger) and increase ghrelin (this hormone increases your appetite). So when you don’t get enough sleep leptin levels drop which means you won’t feel as satisfied after you eat.
Without adequate sleep, ghrelin will rise and your appetite will increase and you will want to eat more food.
You can see how getting a good 7-9 hours of a good night’s sleep each night will boost your chances of weight loss success.