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Sleepiness makes fatty foods extra tempting
 
Slacking off on shuteye could make it harder for you to resist high-calorie treats and fattening foods, new research found.
 
Feeling drowsier during the day because you didn't catch enough ZZZs at night may make it easier for you to give in to temptation. Scientists found that "the sleepier you are, the less the prefrontal cortex -- the inhibitory area of the brain -- is activated when it's shown high-calorie foods," says William Killgore.
 
In other words, if you've skimped on sleep, you're less likely to put on the brakes when you're around fattening foods. And you're more likely to reach out and grab that bacon double cheeseburger or dig into a pint of Chunky Monkey.
 
In the research, participants had the usual tiredness that comes from staying up past their bedtime by an hour or two a night. Even this small amount of sleep loss was strongly correlated with less activation in the inhibitory areas of the brain when shown calorie-rich foods.
 
When you don't get the rest you need, "you might not have the ability to say no to that extra cookie or dessert," points out Killgore, and you're a little more likely to take in a few extra calories a day.
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
This is great information! Sleep is a great rejuvenator, which is why I dedicate chapter 15 to it in my book, Nature’s Diet. In this chapter I teach that sleep is one of the 3’s that impact the body’s hormone production. Sleep, Sugar, and Stress can all disrupt hormone production and affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and a man’s potency. 
 
This lack of sleep is really pronounced for my patients that work swing shift or night shift. They never really recuperate from falling out of cycle with the sun. In these individuals I commonly witness chronic immune deficiencies resulting in re-occurring colds, allergies, and just a general feeling of fatigue and malaise. Melatonin and Serotonin come out of balance and can also result in numerous mood imbalances. 
 
Now there is solid evidence the old adage goes:
 
“Early to bed, early to rise makes one healthy wealthy and wise”
 
Sweet Dreams!
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