Health Fact – Sleep


Sleep- deprivation shortens your life and increases the likelihood of a variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Getting less than six hours a night can affect coordination, reaction time, and judgment,

Lack of adequate sleep can create a pre- diabetes state in the body, which can, in turn, contribute to obesity.

Obesity itself impairs sleep, thus setting the stage for a vicious cycle.

Two very important hormones, growth hormone and leptin, are secreted primarily during the sleep hours. Leptin is a critical hormone with respect to eating and weight management. It signals the body to stop eating carbohydrates. With the low- leptin levels of sleep debt, your body will crave carbohydrate even though you’ve had enough calories.


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