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Do you eat more when you’re tired? Your hunger isn’t imagined. A number of physical factors conspire to expand your waistline when sleep gets short, says Professor Matthew Walker

When it’s deprived of sleep, your own body will cause you to put on weight, due to a number of factors. The first concerns two hormones called leptin and ghrelin. Leptin tells your brain you feel full, so when levels are high, your appetite is blunted and you don’t want to eat. Ghrelin, in contrast, ramps up feelings of hunger, so when levels are high, you feel hungry and want to eat more. Generally, there’s a healthy balance between these two hormones and the opposing forces of hunger and food satisfaction they control.

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