Insomnia and Weight Gain

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Antioxidants reduce the impact of insomnia on weight gain.

Studies have suggested that sleeping less than 6 hours a night can contribute to hunger (by increasing ghrelin hormone) and a lack of satiety or full feeling (by decreasing leptin).

Studies also suggest that higher antioxidant intake can decrease ghrelin (hunger) and increase leptin (satiety).

A new study now suggests that the increased odds of obesity related to short sleep duration could potentially be modified by higher consumption of dietary antioxidants- for the first time demonstrating the interaction between these 2 variables.

Reference: Doo M, Kim Y. The Consumption of Dietary Antioxidant Vitamins Modifies the Risk of Obesity among Korean Men with Short Sleep Duration. Nutrients. 2017;9(7).