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There are a number of major studies that show the connection between sleeping and appetite. And much like everything else in your body, both sleep and appetite are controlled by your hormones. Specifically, it’s all about the balance and timing of leptin and ghrelin into your bloodstream .
Ghrelin is the hormone that’s produced in the stomach and released when you are hungry. It increases your appetite and tells your brain you need to eat. Leptin is produced in your fat cells and when released, tells your brain that you’re full. At which point your appetite decreases and your satiation, or fullness increases.
Stanford scientists studied 1000 volunteers to learn how these two hormones work to connect sleep and weight loss. By comparing the amount of hours volunteers reported sleeping with their ghrelin, leptin, and body fat percentage levels the connection of sleep and weight loss became clear. The data showed that in people that slept less than 8 hours a night, their hormones were unbalanced. In fact, the less than 8 hours a night group had increased levels of ghrelin (which makes you hungry), decreased levels of leptin (which gives the fullness), and higher body fat percentages than the people that slept 8 hours or more. Now you know why they call it beauty sleep.
A recent New York Times article, “’Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer,” highlighted a growing number of women who, after beating the disease, are deciding to opt out of breast reconstructive surgery and remain breast-less after undergoing mastectomies. The nascent movement dubbed going flat “challenges long-held assumptions about femininity and what it means to recover after breast cancer,” according to the Times.
The fact is that the number of reconstruction procedures increased almost 5 percent last year to more than 106,300, and since 2000, the numbers are up a remarkable 35 percent, according to a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Moreover, the Times piece grossly undersells the benefits of reconstruction and fails to address the incredible advances in surgery and abundance of options that are available to women today. See the Full Article and Images Here:
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