Nighty Night... Sleep Tight!

You know how when you were a kid and your parents would always say "make sure you get 8 hours of sleep"? Well.. what once was something our parents "told us" to do has now become something that is a necessity! Sleep actually plays a BIG role in our calorie consumption, diet, and appetite.

According to a European study, it was found that people who experienced 3.5 to 5.5 hours of sleep per night consumed extra calories (around 385 extra calories), when compared to those who experienced 7 to 12 hours of sleep per night. MIND BLOWING! Along with increased calorie consumption, sleep deprivation can cause individuals to:

- consume more calories from fatty foods vs. protein

- experience a decrease in plasma leptin*and ghrelin* - which leads to the increased hunger and appetite

- increase glucose, insulin, and cortisol