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How does lack of sleep make you fat? What about stress?

How does lack of sleep make you fat? What about stress?

Hormonal changes: Lack of sleep increase level of hormone called ghrelin and decrease of leptin level in the body. Stress and lack of sleep increase cortisol hormone in the body. Affects moods negatively, eating behaviour and fat metabolism. Regular good night sleep of 7-8 hours daily , relaxation, healthy diet, exercise are countering factors one may want to consider. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How does stress and lack of sleep make you overeat?

How does stress and lack of sleep make you overeat?

Complex biochem: Haven't figured out the details of biologic pathways (neural, hormonal) yet. Likely affects stress hormones, ghrelin, leptins, serotonin, dopamine, other brain and neurotransmitters. Nevertheless, lack of sleep assoc w/ simple sugar intake, xs calorie intake and weight gain. So is late-night shift work. Get rest, relax the mind (stress reduction techniques, meditation), exercise, mindful eating. ...Read more

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How many illnesses are related to stress or lack of sleep?

How many illnesses are related to stress or lack of sleep?

Many: When you don't get enough sleep, your body produces more stress hormones and isn't able to fight off illness as well as you do when you are rested. Increased stress and decreased sleep lead to an increased risk of many infections, depression, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Can my fibromyalgia episodes be triggered by lack of sleep or stress?

Can my fibromyalgia episodes be triggered by lack of sleep or stress?

Associated: ? Relation of Fibromyalgia, FM, "flare" & sleep-loss/stress. Unrefreshing sleep, a common FM symptom, begets daytime fatigue/depression/frustration/anxiety. FM sufferers oft have restless sleep interrupted by pelvic &/or back &/or shoulder pain intensified lying down; as injured joints torque & stress soft tissues. Soft mattress & bedtime Cannabis for soporific & analgesic effects often helps. ...Read more

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What vitamins supplement needed for stress and lack of sleep?

What vitamins supplement needed  for stress and lack of sleep?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to make up for bad habits that causes all sorts of stress on their body. The truth is that a healthy lifestyle with proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and prevention of disease supplements should be used to make up for a deficiency in your diet or imbalance in your system. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep and stress cause delusional thinking small issues as big issues?

Can lack of sleep and stress cause delusional thinking small issues as big issues?

Yes: There have been experiments done where people are woken up when they start to go into rem or deep sleep which found that sleep deprivation can lead to hallucinations. If you are stressed and not sleeping meet with a psychologist to learn stress management techniques and develop better sleep habits. You may also want to start on some sleep medication consult with your physician. ...Read more

Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

Sleep deprivation is when either consciously or unconsciously you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically in adult normal time is 6-8 hours. There are some people that require more (> 10 hours). Sleep deprivation can take another form in the type of selective deprivation such as rem sleep deprivation. Typically this may be med induced or ...Read more


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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more