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Your Best Health: Adult Weight Management

Sleep and Weight Connection

What does sleep have to do with your weight?

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.Homer

Not getting enough sleep can be associated with weight gain. You may feel too tired to prepare healthy meals or do physical activity, which can make managing your health and weight harder to do.

Not getting enough sleep can also affect your hormones and metabolism, which may affect how you eat. Hormones that control your appetite are higher, which could make you feel more hungry. You may also eat more because you’re awake longer.

Our brain has a ‘reward’ area that will get more signals when we do or see something we enjoy. When we don’t get enough sleep, this area of the brain is more easily activated, making foods we like seem more appealing. Not getting enough sleep also affects how much control you have over these signals, making it harder to resist foods you like.

When you don’t get enough sleep, all of the above factors may result in eating more often and choosing less healthy foods. As a result, you may eat more calories which can lead to weight gain.

Something to think about...

If you wish to save the blank form or print your answers, refer to the reflection journal.

Check the statements that you relate to.

How do you feel when you don’t get enough sleep?
How well do you feel you usually sleep?
Rate it on a scale of 1 (not well at all) to 10 (very well).