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Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Obesity

Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Obesity

At the NBH Lifetime Health Hormones and Weight Loss Clinics, we have consulted with thousands of clients who suffer from sleep deprivation. For some, this has been a chronic condition and they have endured this condition for years. For others, it is sporadic. Many claim that their sleep is “Ok” but then when asked if they wake up refreshed they say NO!

For many, we have suggested Melatonin. The correct dosage and source are important. Others have either started with or added our sleep aid product, Kavinace. *For the ladies, progesterone is often the answer. HGH helps with sleep as does taking Espsom Salt baths with added magnesium.

Labrix Labs has prepared the following information regarding the effect of sleep on obesity:
“Over the past several decades, the prevalence of obesity has grown to epidemic proportions. Concurrent with this rise in weight has been a similar epidemic of sleep deprivation. According to annual surveys done by the National Sleep Foundation, by 1998 only 35% of American adults were getting 8 hours of sleep per night, and that number fell to 26% by 2005.

A review of literature performed by the National Institutes of Health suggests that short sleep duration is strongly and consistently associated with concurrent and future obesity in children and adults. A number of mechanisms have been proposed including the idea that chronic sleep deprivation can cause feelings of fatigue which may lead to reduced physical activity. Perhaps more importantly, however, sleep deprivation may have metabolic and endocrine effects that increase caloric intake by affecting leptin, ghrelin, cortisol and insulin secretion.

Leptin plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure by inhibiting appetite and increasing satiety. The absence of leptin leads to uncontrolled food intake and resulting obesity. Conversely, ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates hunger. Ghrelin levels increase before meals and decrease after meals. It is considered the counterpart of leptin.

Laboratory studies have shown that sleep deprivation may increase the risk of weight gain and obesity by up-regulating appetite via a decrease in leptin, and an increase in ghrelin.

It is well known that glucocorticoid use increases food intake, and alterations in cortisol levels associated with sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in food cravings, particularly sugar and salt.

Additionally, studies have shown that sleep deprivation leads to reduced insulin sensitivity, which can result in a prediabetic state and an increased risk for weight gain and obesity.”

Are you suffering from insomnia? Are you already overweight and at greater risk for obesity? Are you obese now? NBH Lifetime Health can help determine what hormones may be affecting your sleep, your weight and your quality of life.

If you have any questions about your sleep, weight or hormones, please email your question or questions to

By NBH, Director of Education & Research

NBH Lifetime Health Weight Loss & Hormone Clinics, Medline South


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