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How can weight gain due to lack of sleep affect your heart?

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Sleep loss slows down your metabolism -- how your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. When your metabolism is slow, you have trouble losing weight. What's more, you don't feel like exercising. Both of these things can contribute to obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

From: Sleep and Heart Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Does Sleep Affect Your Heart Health?” “Sleep and Chronic Disease,” “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.”

American Heart Association: “Sleep, Women and Heart Disease,” “Unhealthy Foods.”

Current Cardiology Reviews : “Sleep Duration as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease – a Review of the Recent Literature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep,” “Sleep apnea," “Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease.”

American College of Cardiology: “Insomnia and Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sleep Apnea.”

Journal of Neuroscience : “Sleep deprivation selectively up-regulates an amygdala-hypothalamic circuit involved in food reward.”

Penn Medicine: "Three Ways Obesity Contributes to Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Does Sleep Affect Your Heart Health?” “Sleep and Chronic Disease,” “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.”

American Heart Association: “Sleep, Women and Heart Disease,” “Unhealthy Foods.”

Current Cardiology Reviews : “Sleep Duration as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease – a Review of the Recent Literature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep,” “Sleep apnea," “Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease.”

American College of Cardiology: “Insomnia and Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Sleep Apnea.”

Journal of Neuroscience : “Sleep deprivation selectively up-regulates an amygdala-hypothalamic circuit involved in food reward.”

Penn Medicine: "Three Ways Obesity Contributes to Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

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