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Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Obesity?

Dr. Jeffrey Heit Health Guide January 22, 2009
  • Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A recent study showed that at least a third of Americans do not get enough sleep. What's enough sleep? While everyone is a little different, eight to nine hours nightly seems to be the most widely ac...

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  • Aghost9998
    Jun. 14, 2010

    I never post on these sites, but I had to this time.  I got to this site because I just went looking for articles on the connection between sleep deprivation and weight, and this site/article was one of the first ones to come up.  I am in shock.  

     

    I have had problems sleeping my whole life, and have always had problems feeling full.  Consequently,...

    RHMLucky777

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    I never post on these sites, but I had to this time.  I got to this site because I just went looking for articles on the connection between sleep deprivation and weight, and this site/article was one of the first ones to come up.  I am in shock.  

     

    I have had problems sleeping my whole life, and have always had problems feeling full.  Consequently, I have gained weight in the past few years due to life changes.  My current doctor suggested that I try Melatonin to help with my sleeping problems.  I was skeptical because I'd tried this before, but I wanted to try it again instead of medication.  I found the melatonin in a lozenge format, and was surprised that the first time I tried this, I was able to sleep a normal nights sleep and wake up without too much trouble (I've always had trouble waking up in the mornings).  Well, it has only been about 5 days, and I feel great.  

     

    I also noticed that over the past few days, I have been eating less, which was weird to me because the only thing I changed was the Melatonin.  I actually feel full, which has never happened to me without over eating, and have the ability to stop eating.  I came looking for confirmation of what I already knew must be happening!  

     

    Hopefully this is not a fluke and continues, because I am feeling fantastic!!!

    • Healthy Sleep
      May. 25, 2011

      Melatonin is a great natural alternative to sleeping pills. And you are right; the better you sleep, the less you will seek out foods, usually high energy (or high carb, high sugar) foods, that will help you get through the day and feel full. If sleep is your issue, what is causing it? Is it possible you have a sleep disorder? Do you need to replace your mattress?...

      RHMLucky777

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      Melatonin is a great natural alternative to sleeping pills. And you are right; the better you sleep, the less you will seek out foods, usually high energy (or high carb, high sugar) foods, that will help you get through the day and feel full. If sleep is your issue, what is causing it? Is it possible you have a sleep disorder? Do you need to replace your mattress? What are your eating and exercise habits like before bed? There could be a lot of different reasons for your poor quality sleep at night.

       

      The use of melatonin might work well today, but since this is a chemical that is naturally produced by our bodies, you do not want to become dependant on the supplement. So be careful and in the interim, see if you can get to the root of problem.