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Do you have some days when you feel hungry all day, no matter what you eat? That might be because you didn’t get enough sleep the night before.

What does the amount of sleep have to do with your weight? According to Harvard Medical School, the lack of sleep along with lack of exercise and overeating is now being identified as one of the most common risk factors for obesity.No doubt you’ve noticed that it’s harder to lose weight post-menopause. Not sleeping enough can hinder your weight loss efforts even more.Several studies have linked insufficient sleep to weight gain, with people who normally sleep fewer than six hours per night being much more likely to be overweight. A lot of this has to do with how much of certain hormones your body makes.

Inadequate sleep can undermine your weight loss efforts in these five ways:

You’re Hungrier
Not getting enough sleep – or sleeping poorly – affects the hormones that regulate your hunger levels. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body makes more of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, so you’re hungrier.
The hormone leptin, which tells you you’re full, decreases, so you eat more. The combination of too much ghrelin and cortisol, the stress hormone, shuts down the areas of your brain that make you feel satisfied after a meal, so you may feel hungry all the time.

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