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Is your Sleep Schedule Causing you to Gain Weight? - Nutrition

How many hours of sleep you get can play a big role in what you choose to eat. “Sleep is actually an important factor on your metabolism and how many calories you may burn per day, in how you feel and in how much weight you may gain or lose,” said Carrie Bloemers, manager of the Healthy Life Center. That’s because there’s a natural correlation between our metabolism and our circadian rhythm. “The circadian rhythm or that circadian process is just that sleep-wake cycle that’s regulated by the daylight that we’re exposed to on a daily basis,” said Bloemers. Shortened sleep is anything less than six hours. Studies show people who have a shortened sleep will eat more the next day. “People who have a short sleep typically show reduced leptin levels, and leptin is one of the hormones that help regulate your appetite. So if you have lower leptin levels, you’re actually going to have an increased appetite,” she said. And that appetite typically craves foods high in sugar. “People who get the short sleep they may also fall into insulin resistance so that they will have issues with their insulin signaling pathways. They will have an increased craving for sugar and other sweets and those types of foods,” said Bloemers. Studies show women who work nights have a 44 percent increased risk for developing type two diabetes. “Short sleep is a risk factor for obesity due to the interruption in your hormones, maybe a decrease in physical activity because of lack of energy, and also you might choose different foods, foods that are higher in sugar,” she said. Making it important to get eight hours of sleep at night, if possible, and maintain healthy eating habits. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit