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Are Bad Sleeping Habits Affecting Your Weight?

Are Bad Sleeping Habits Affecting Your Weight?

Even after weight loss surgery shedding those extra pounds can be extremely challenging, especially if you maintain bad sleeping habits.  In fact, sleep deprivation is a major contributing factor to weight gain.  There is no doubt that a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on all hormone levels including those that regulate our appetite and metabolism.

Our bodies produce two important hormones that can be affected by a consistently poor sleeping pattern.  Ghrelin (the hunger hormone), stimulates appetite, and Leptin causes us to feel full.  If you are chronically sleep deprived, ghrelin can be produced in excess causing frequent hunger and overeating, while Leptin levels may be decreased.