Sunday, May 8, 2022



lack of sleep and weight gain

Many people get frustrated with not being able to reach the ideal weight they've always dreamed of, despite following a strict diet for a long time. Here, they are at a loss to search for the real reason behind the stability of their weight, and the inability of their bodies to get rid of excess weight. But do not be surprised, there are many things that may hinder our bodies from reaching the ideal weight, the most important of which may be lack of sleep.

People who do not get enough sleep suffer not only from being overweight but also from increased blood sugar levels and high blood pressure.


The Relationship Between Sleep and Weight:

With different lifestyles and increased stress and nervous tension, some people suffer from a lack of sleep, as a result of the secretion of the hormone ghrelin, which is responsible for feeling hungry, lack of sleep, and stress, which eventually leads to weight gain.

Studies have shown a relationship between sleep and two of the most important hormones that control appetite and eating. These two hormones are leptin and ghrelin. An increase in the first hormone leads to a decrease in appetite, and an increase in the second hormone leads to hunger or increased appetite and eating. And the lack of sleep leads to a deficiency of the hormone leptin, which causes satiety, and an increase of the hormone ghrelin, which causes hunger, meaning that a lack of sleep may physiologically lead to weight gain due to an increase in appetite.

The German magazine "Freundin" explained that the bad effects of ghrelin include slowing down the metabolism and reducing the body's burning of fat, adding that the problem here is that this hormone activates its secretion when feeling hungry and lacking sleep.

It also indicated that people who do not get enough sleep suffer not only from being overweight but also from an increase in blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and fat storage.


Other causes of sudden weight gain:

-Thyroid dysfunction.

-Fatigue and stress.

-Menopause, or what is known as menopause.

-Taking certain medications, such as antidepressants, cortisone therapy, diabetes medications, epilepsy, heartburn, and high blood pressure.

-Quit Smoking.

-Polycystic ovaries.

-Cushing's syndrome.

 The German magazine "Freuden" showed some tips and guidelines to overcome this problem, including:

1- Get enough sleep:

Get enough sleep from 7 to 8 hours at night, and avoid eating right before going to bed.

2- Exercising:

Exercise contributes to relieving stress, feeling happy, and hormonal balance in the body.

3-Eat meals regularly:

To ensure the smooth secretion of hormones, the German magazine recommended eating meals (3 to 4 times a day) regularly, with intervals between meals.

4-eat balanced diet:

It is necessary to follow a balanced diet that includes important nutrients.

5-regular lifestyle:

The more regular the lifestyle the better body with its internal rhythm;

and as a result, it will be a regularity in the complementary hormonal processes permanently in the body.

Sources: (1) - (2) - (3) .




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