2. Sleep Deprivation Influence Hormones
There are 2 hormones in our body that regulate appetite
1) Ghrelin – Tells us when our body is hungry
2) Leptin – Tells us when our hunger is satisfied
Research shows that when we are sleep deprived we see an increase in the hormone Ghrelin and a corresponding decrease in the hormone Leptin
So basically our body tells us we are hungrier than usual.
And then fails to signal to us that we are satisfied until much later than usual
Resulting in us over consuming.
Insight: It can be extremely helpful to track our caloric intake on days when we are sleep deprived. This will help keep us aware of our consumption so that when temptation arises we can refer to a 3rd party data source (our food log) to help keep us on track.