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Skimping on Sleep Can Lead to the Munchies

Sleep Deprived

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  • Sleep restriction is associated with activation of your endocannabinoid system, which is involved in modulating appetite and food intake
  • Levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), a chemical that makes foods pleasurable, were elevated when the participants were sleep deprived
  • When the participants had less sleep they reported increases in hunger and appetite and were less able to inhibit their junk-food consumption

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, you probably know the drill. Eat right, exercise and get a handle on your stress levels. But there’s another factor that many people overlook; it’s insidious and can sabotage even the most determined among us: sleep.

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