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New Research Shows What Happens to Fat Cells When You Don't Sleep Enough

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By now you probably know that getting a good night’s sleep is important for controlling your weight. When you deprive yourself of the rest your body needs, it not only affects your waistline but increases the risk for heart problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. How so? “Burning the midnight oil” increases the amount of cortisol released by your adrenal glands. That’s one way lack of sleep causes weight gain, particularly around the belly. High levels of cortisol also lead to higher levels of abdominal fat, especially visceral fat, the most dangerous kind when it comes to your health. In addition, lack of sleep stimulates appetite hormones like ghrelin so you eat more. Until now, scientists haven’t really understood all of the effects lack of sleep has on fat storage. Now new research sheds light on this issue.

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