The annoying circles around my eyes and my puffy eye bags are finally gone. I am trying to have at least 7 hours of sleep each night since last week. I have proven that sleep is still the best way to have that firmness and elasticity around the eye area. I tried eye creams but none of those worked since I only had 5 hours of sleep (the most) every night.
For most people, sleep is nothing but way to rest. They did not know that it is a lot more than that. Chronic sleep loss can contribute to weight gain. I can attest to this because I gained so much weight since the time I started to sleep late. How? Because I was deprived from enough hours of sleep, my body had low energy and automatically craved for sweets and other comfort foods like chips. I was on a diet and tried my very best not to eat carbs and fatty foods every dinner but during the day, beside me were chips and sweets. I know that sweets and chips are great weight contributors but I cannot help it. My body was craving for it.
According to the experts, our body releases two hormones called the leptin and the ghrelin, which both can influence our appetite. When you do not get enough sleep, it derives your leptin levels down which means you do not feel satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated so you want more food. (source), plus the fact that lack of sleep slows down our metabolism.
Weight gain is just one negative effect of sleep deprivation. It can also lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, body aches and pains, obesity, blurry visions and body tremors. Lack of sleep can also affect your mental health and can be fatal to extreme cases. Now that I know its negative effects, I will try to have enough sleep everyday.
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