How Sleep Can Help Regulate Hunger Cues


Welcome to Day #24 of PureFormulas’ Sugar Crush Challenge: 30 days of tips, recipes and tools to help you cut down on sugar and crush those cravings!

Controlling our cravings has more to do with exterior factors than anything else. Like lack of sleep…

Getting enough hours of sleep is fundamental not only to help replenish our energy but for also helping us maintain our:

  • Immune system
  • Metabolism
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Appetite

The bottom line is that lack of sleep makes us cranky, more likely to catch a cold, less likely to keep up with work or school, and to top everything off, hungrier. None of those sound very desirable, don’t you think?

What does sleep have to do with hunger?

During sleep your body is beautifully working non-stop. One of the consequences from interrupting this essential ritual  by not getting enough sleep is hormone imbalance. Two hormones responsible for your hunger/”feeling full” cues in particular, can be affected. These are Leptin, responsible for sending signals to the brain that you’re full, and Ghrelin, responsible for signaling the brain when it’s time to eat.

I don’t know about you, but crankiness, fatigue, and hunger sound like the perfect disaster trio in our Sugar Crush Challenge. To avoid having to wear T-Shirts saying “sorry what I said and ate when I was sleepy,” try this inexpensive solution – get a good night’s sleep!

Can’t sleep?

Here are 5 tips that you can incorporate to your pre-sleep routine to help you get a good night’s sleep:



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