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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

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 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

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How much can lack of sleep really affect your weightloss?

How much can lack of sleep really affect your weightloss?

For some quite a bit: Sleeping less than 6 hours, even if it occurred during adolescence or as a child may play a big role in hormonal balance contributing to weight gain (in particular). Sleep deprivation as an adult, namely less than 6 hours a night has also been linked to a lot of obesity. ...Read more

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Uncomfortable stress is leading to me lack of sleep. What can I do or take to sleep easier?

Uncomfortable stress is leading to me lack of sleep. What can I do or take to sleep easier?

Here are some ideas:: First, i imagine that you are addressing the stresses you have and are solving the real problems that can be solved. I don't know of a better sleep aid than vigorous exercise! have you ever tried swimming or water aerobics and then going home to bed? Massage may help. Limit your use of caffeine and other stimulants, of course. Try a self-hypnosis tape or self-relaxation tape to quiet your mind. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best ways to avoid body fatigue even with lack of sleep and no exercise?

Can you tell me what is the best ways to avoid body fatigue even with lack of sleep and no exercise?

If you can't: Optimize your sleep and exercise, at least make sure you are eating well and taking measures to minimize your stress as best as possible. And remember, exercise comes in all forms of activity, even if that means just walking more or taking the stairs. ...Read more

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What can lack of sleep do to your health?

Were to start...: Weight gain, fatigue, memory changes, depression, some firms of anxiety, mood disorders, excess Insulin and Adrenalin secretion, sexual dysfunction, rage tendencies, increase risk for accidental injuries, heart attacks, strokes, loss of job productivity. Should i say more? Sleep is critical for good physical, mental and emotional health. ...Read more

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Can infection cause me to have emotional distress, depression, and stress and lost of sleep and lost of appetite and scared to eat anything ?

Can infection cause me to have emotional distress, depression, and stress and lost of sleep and lost of appetite and scared to eat anything
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Infection: Yes on alll accounts. Speak to your physician . You need to speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist for help. ...Read more

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Can a lack of sleep make you put on weight?

Can a lack of sleep make you put on weight?

Calories: Late evening food will increase weight. It is a question of calories, such as bread, rice, potatoes... Eat veg, salad, fruit; that is what the models do - although this is very tough! ...Read more

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Can lack of eating cause me to feel sleepy faster?

Can lack of eating cause me to feel sleepy faster?

Doubt it: Typically, eating (as happens in the Thanksgiving Day Phenomenon) brings on sleepiness....if anything, lack of eating can cause insomnia in many people. ...Read more

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Will lack of sleep cause a person to lose temper?

Will lack of sleep cause a person to lose temper?

Of course: Sleep is something to do with energy regeneration. Mild loss of energy in the limbic system of the brain causes it to become irritable. Since that part of the brain initiates our emotions they beome more easily evoked and exaggerated. High calorie malnutrition will do the same. I see it all the time, particularly in kids and i think that it is the cause of much troublre in our culture. ...Read more

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It's good and healthy to exercise when tired from lack of sleep?

Will not hurt: If it is during the day and you are tired because of lack of sleep the night before, exercise can be helpful as can hydration. You don't want to nap long (< 10 minutes okay) because you don't want to rebound into deep sleep. Exercise will help release awake chemicals and help you sleep better that night. ...Read more

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Why do same say lack of sleep leads to obesity?

Why do same say lack of sleep leads to obesity?

Sleep and obesity.: Sleep deprivation has been linked to difficulty losing weight. And diabetes. And high blood pressure. And early death. Get enough sleep. Six to nine hours nightly. ...Read more

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Connection between exercise and sleep. How does exercise make you sleep better?

Connection between exercise and sleep. How does exercise make you sleep better?

Many ways: Not only does exercise increase fatigue which can improve and aid sleep, but more importantly, there are chemicals that are produced during exercise that support normal sleep patterns. Your overall metabolic state improves with exercise and this in turn, enhances sleep, both physically and mentally. ...Read more

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How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

Magnesium,Relaxation: Magnesium deficiency is common & causes insomnia.Supplementing with mag. glycinate or taurate or a warm bath with epsom salts before bed can help.See http://bit.ly/1dpAi09. Relaxation techniques can be helpful- see http://bit.ly/1w73BeJ & http://bit.ly/1jGRrm3.Search "sleep relaxation" on youtube for guided meditations & music. Many sleep better if they turn off wi-fi! See http://bit.ly/1igRs4g ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chronic stress and anxiety and lack of sleep from child to age 25?

What do you advise if I have chronic stress and anxiety and lack of sleep from child to age 25?

Start w a med: Eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. ...Read more

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Is there a supplement that I can take to get rid of extreme fatigue and sleepiness, and to give me energy? I don't eat meat and exercise regularly.

Is there a supplement that I can take to get rid of extreme fatigue and sleepiness, and to give me energy? I don't eat meat and exercise regularly.

Major Depression: I understand your distress. I commend you for eating healthy and exercising regularly. “extreme fatigue and sleepiness” are symptoms of Depression. Rather than supplements, have Balanced Diet: Milk, yogurt, Brown Rice, quinoa, millet, barley, buckwheat, Oatmeal. Vegetables- Fruits - Beans and lentils, soy foods, nuts, Fish twice a week See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy and Medication. ...Read more

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I lack sleep these days and needed to stay awake throughout the day. What can I eat or do to make me awake?

I lack sleep these days and needed to stay awake throughout the day. What can I eat or do to make me awake?

Sleep Apnea: You may be suffering from obstructive apnea. If you have any episodes of choking, snoring, or have reflux this could be your problems. Headaches and slightly elevated blood pressure can also be a sign. ...Read more

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Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

A condition in which, either consciously or unconsciously, you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically, adults require six to eight hours, although some people require ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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