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Lack of Sleep may cause Binge Eating!

... Editorial Team

Lack of sleep may lead you to eat more junks! Researchers at University of Chicago have found that sleep deprivation tends to boost levels of a chemical that makes eating more pleasurable—similar to the effects of marijuana.This study found that sleep loss increases blood levels of a chemical signal called endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). It enhances the joy of eating, particularly sweet, salty, and fatty snack foods.

“We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake, the pleasure and satisfaction gained from eating,” Erin Hanlon, a research associate said in a university news release.

While previous research efforts have linked too little sleep with overeating, unhealthy food choices and weight gain, this is the first time that the reserachers have been able to pin-point the reasons which lead to such behaviour.

Erin Hanlon further says that “Sleep restriction seems to augment the endocannabinoid system, the same system targeted by the active ingredient of marijuana, to enhance the desire for food intake..... If you’re sleep-deprived, your hedonic drive for certain foods gets stronger, and your ability to resist them may be impaired. So you are more likely to eat it. Do that again and again, and you pack on the pounds.”