Sleep Deprivation and Overeating

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Are you getting enough sleep or is sleep deprivation affecting you?

According to the CDC, “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.” A good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. When sleep deprivation occurs, complications can arise.

Eating Too Many Calories

One of the complications of sleep deprivation involves our eating habits. It has been known for years that a lack of sleep can increase the risk of diabetes, and a recent study may have found out why.

Researchers at the King’s College London discovered that people consume more calories after being sleep deprived the night before. There may be several reasons why people are consuming more than they should. For example, when you are sleep deprived, the brain starts to react differently. Food becomes more rewarding and the body craves more of it.

According to Dr. Gerda Pot, senior author from the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, “The main cause of obesity is an imbalance between calorie intake and expenditure and this study adds to accumulating evidence that sleep deprivation could contribute to this imbalance. So, there may be some truth in the saying ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise.”

What Causes Sleep Deprivation?

A lack of sleep can be linked to many things. Sometimes it is because people work long hours, other times stress prevent some from getting a good night’s sleep. These are controllable factors. However, one cause of sleep deprivation is not controllable: Sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus passageways that causes inflammation. If you have sinusitis, you will experience fevers, headaches, and congestion. These symptoms interrupt your sleep at night, causing sleep deprivation. If you want to prevent the staggering effects of sleep deprivation, then ask your doctor about balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive sinusitis surgery.

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