Feeling Hungry? Blame Your Sleep.

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A new research from the University of Uppsala shows that there is a particular region in brain which contributes and is responsible for the appetite sensation of an individual. It gets more activated in response to the images of food, after an individual has faced loss of sleep one night. Therefore it is put forward that the poor sleeping habits of an individual can contribute to the gain in his weight in the long run. These findings were printed in the journal named “Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism”. Two researchers Helgi Schioth and Christian Benedict from the Department of Neuroscience put forward their suggestions and view in an article which got printed in the journal of “clinical nutrition”. They suggested that a particular night of complete sleep loss in youthful normal weight men restricted the vigor expenditure the subsequent morning.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “more than one-quarter of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. However, new methods for assessing and treating sleep disorders bring hope to the millions suffering from insufficient sleep. Fundamental to the success of all of these efforts is the recognition that sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a “vital sign” of good health.”

The study also proved that the individuals had augmented level of hunger which clearly showed that the food perception of an individual gets affected due to an acute lack of sleep. In a new study, earlier researcher Christian Benedict along with Elna Marie Lessons, Helgi Schioth, Samantha Brooks from Uppal University and few other researchers from the European universities came together to work on this study. They now carefully and in a systematic manner scrutinized the different regions in brain, which were responsible for the appetite sensation. They examined if the individual’s acute sleep loss affects these regions of brain. Through MRI the researchers observed the brain of normal weight males while these males viewed the food images. The team members then contrasted the results obtained after one night without sleep and after one night with normal sleep.

The study showed that there was a higher level of activation in a particular area of brain which was involved in desire to eat. This was noticed after a night of complete sleep loss. The study hence proves that a poor sleeping habit in individuals affects their risk to put on weight in future. Hence it is required for an individual to sleep around eight hours daily at night, with an objective of maintaining a stable and healthy body weight.




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