Sleep Deprivation (or why I can't shift the flab!)

Are you tired all the time? Do you nod off during the day? Find it hard to concentrate? You may be suffering from sleep deprivation - which is not to be confused with insomnia. According to the experts, sleep deprivation is a sleep disorder characterized by having too little sleep and it can be either chronic or acute and long-term sleep deprivation can be fatal. On the other hand, insomnia is a symptom which can accompany several sleep, medical and psychiatric disorders, characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep despite the opportunity.

For most of us sleep is the natural end of our day and it comes without much effort. For others, getting a good night's sleep is an ongoing problem. Nobody really knows why the body needs sleep, but what we do know is that after a good night's sleep, everything looks and feels better in the morning. Both the brain and the body are refreshed and ready for a new day.

But did you know that studies suggest that sleep deprivation may cause obesity, amongst other things, because the hormones that regulate glucose metabolism and appetite could be disrupted by too little sleep? 

So, now that I know that not getting eight hours a night isn't helping me in my battle to shift a few pounds, I'm off to bed!