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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sleeping Less? Gaining Weight?

How did you sleep last night?  How healthy are your food choices going today? Are they related? YES!  

NIH has recently shown by yet another study, that sleep deprivation will decrease your ability to choose your foods wisely the next day. Although a small sample size, they believe it is tied to the endocannabinoid (eCB) system.  Does cannabinoid sound familiar? The eCB system is the same one that is activated by chemicals found in marijuana.  If you do not get enough sleep, the eCB system can alter your brain's decision circuit pathways and have you reaching for more "fun" food.  This system plays a major role in appetite and energy levels.

Source:  NIH Tying Sleep Deprivation & Food Choices