Think one sleepless night doesn’t affect you? Think again!
When you haven’t gotten your full eight hours of sleep the night before, your whole body is affected.
Your mind is wondering… your brain is fuzzy… and you’re yawning your way through the day.
If you’re like HALF of all seniors… that tossing and turning night after night could set you up for some long-term effects.
A new study published in eLife has found that just ONE night of poor sleep can DESTROY your waistline!
In the study, researchers gathered 29 adults and divided them into two groups.
One group got a full eight hours of sleep… and then four weeks later, they were only allowed to sleep for four hours. And the experiment was reversed for the second group.
After each night of sleep, a set menu was prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The participants were also offered a buffet of junk food snacks, and scientists measured how much and what they ate.
The researchers found after just ONE sleepless night, participants were reaching for the doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, and potato chips.
That means when you don’t sleep soundly, you not only crave more junk foods… but you’re also likely to eat BIGGER portions!
There’s two BIG reasons for this spike in cravings…
First, you may have heard of the hormone that controls our urge to eat: it’s called ghrelin. When you’re sleep deprived, your levels of ghrelin rise – and the result is an INCREASE in hunger.
Second, we need to look at another system of the body: the endocannabinoid system. Its job is to regulate everything from sleep to appetite to pain.
In the study, researchers found one of the most abundant endocannabinoids, 2-OG, was elevated after a sleepless night – triggering the junk food cravings.
To confirm their results, researchers used an fMRI scanner on the participants to observe their brain reactions to different food and non-food odors.
They found impaired activity in the brain’s frontal lobe which disrupts decision making and increases activity in the brain that respond to rewards.
If you want to reduce your unhealthy cravings… GET MORE SLEEP!
And I have just the trick to help you get a full eight hours each night.
Don’t just pop a sleeping pill, give these natural supplements a try.
Magnesium and L-theanine have been well studied as effective supplements to calm you down. And melatonin can help you fall asleep – and stay asleep – for longer.