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Lack of sleep makes you fat?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Living on 6 hours of sleep a night is exhausting! I made a commitment to myself to stay awake to support my son as he develops study/homework and organizational habits. He's really motivated to get this under control this year but I don't like leaving him up all alone while the rest of us go to bed. He's doing great but he's got the body of a teenager which means he is perfectly fine with staying up until 11PM every night. I - yawn - am not. Add in the fact that I get up an hour earlier than him and I am living on a pretty severe sleep deficit.

I think lack of sleep makes you fat. Seriously. I think that my body fat is up because of the lack of sleep. Maybe I eat more poorly when I'm tired or maybe it really does change my metabolism.

So I'm doing the boot camp and my body is responding... but not like I expected... and I think it's due the lack of sleep. I'll have to do another boot camp when he's got this under control and I feel OK getting back to my 10PM-5AM sleep schedule.
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    agreed, what boot camp are you doing - I need a push
    1629 days ago
    Yes, lack of sleep will make you fat, and BREWMASTERBILL seems to have the science well in hand! And some unsolicited advice from this great-grandma - your son - as a teen - probably needs more sleep than it sounds like he's getting in order to grow! School's important. Health more so!
    1629 days ago
    I'm of the opinion that it limits your ability to make good decisions. Science seems to add that it increases cortisol and drops leptin levels. Increased cortisol can allegedly "turn off" fat burning. Low leptin can increase appetite. These were mouse studies, so I'm skeptical, but the bottom line is that we know lack of sleep is counterproductive in so many ways.
    1629 days ago
    I don't think the lack of sleep makes you fat by itself, but exhaustion sure does limit your ability to make good decisions.
    1629 days ago
    I agree. Sleep is such an important part of being healthy. Good thing this is only short term for you. emoticon
    1630 days ago
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