A lack of sleep does more than leave you feeling tired. Studies show that people who get less sleep are at a greater risk of weight gain for a couple of reasons: they tend to consume larger portions of food, choose higher calorie foods, make impulse food choices, get more pleasure from food, and expend less energy. One explanation for these appetite changes is that sleep loss causes a change in the hormones that control appetite.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for 18-25 year olds is 7-9 hours. Although it may seem hard to get more sleep, whether you’re in school or enjoying summer nights, you may find it is worth going to bed an hour or two earlier when you feel better and make healthier choices!
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