This is a little off-topic, but interesting: Research from the University of Bristol, U.K., finds a correlation between weight gain and sleep loss.
- Dr Shahrad Taheri from Bristol University, and colleagues in the United States, examined the role of two key hormones that are involved in regulating appetite – ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin increases feelings of hunger while leptin acts to suppress appetite. "Individuals who spend less than 8 hours sleeping were shown to have a greater likelihood of being heavier."
People who habitually slept for 5 hours were found to have 15% more ghrelin than those who slept for 8 hours. They were also found to have 15% less leptin. These hormonal changes may cause increased feelings of hunger, leading to a foraging in the fridge for food.
Maybe that's why so many people gain weight when they go to conferences--if they're like me, they don't sleep as well and take too much advantage of the overflowing buffets.
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