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Why You Eat More When You Sleep Less

Lacking sleep and feeling sluggish, extra hungry or especially moody go hand in hand, but why? There are four hormones that get sent out of balance when we skimp on sleep that disrupt our ability to regulate our appetite and mood: Cortisol. Known as the stress hormone, cortisol rises with lack of sleep and other stressors. High levels of cortisol prompt fat storage, mood swings and for some people, mindless snacking (or full blown binge-fests). Ghrelin. This hunger hormone tells your brain you're hungry, or tricks you into feeling starved. Ghrelin increases with poor sleep cycles and is another culprit to your inner snack monster or appetite overload. Leptin. This peptide hormone is produced