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Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 5

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Most people believe that they can skip an hour’s sleep and not be affected. This is not true, unfortunately. Just an hour less sleep at night will affect your moods and your responses throughout the following day. It’s also a common belief that if you miss sleep during the week, that having a good sleep in on Sunday morning will catch you up. While an extra injection of sleep will definitely help, it won’t actually undo all the damage missing sleep in the first place will cause. The only way to ensure you don’t suffer with sleep deprivation is to make sure you get the right amount of hours every night. Yeah, sounds easy, doesn’t it. Don’t you just hate it when people do that? (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 4

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When we sleep, we dream. Everybody does it. You probably won’t remember what you dream most of the time, but you definitely do dream. If you didn’t, you’d die. Why? Because dreaming occurs during REM sleep, and dreaming performs essential functions to continued brain health. Like a lot of other things that happen in your brain while you slumber through the night, chemicals get to work, sorting out stuff, building more stuff, and generally doing all the heavy lifting so that you can get up the next morning and function properly as a human being. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 3

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Mechanics of Sleep

I went through most of my life with just one rule when it came to sleep – as long as I got at least 4 hours, I’d be okay. For long periods of time, I¬†actually averaged 4 hours (I kept track, believe it or not – yeah, a bit of a geek, I know). One particularly drawn-out, stressful time in my life provided me with just 3 hours of sleep per night, 5 nights out of 7. This was also a period during which I put on a substantial amount of weight. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 2

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When I was younger, I resented sleep. Not because I had trouble sleep – not at all – but because I had so much I wanted to do in a day and sleeping just felt like a waste of hours I could be doing something so much more interesting. As a result, I did everything I could get away with to reduce the hours ‘wasted’ in idle slumber. I stayed up late, often all night. I’d also get up early and when you’re young, it’s so easy to spring out of bed, firing on all thrusters, paying little or no attention to the sleep debt you’re busily incurring. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 1

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It’s the same thing every night. At about 8.30pm I find my eyelids drooping, my concentration faltering. I go into a state of what I like to call convulsive yawning – where I can barely take a normal breath before the next yawn comes along. My brain and indeed my entire body just longs for bed, sweet, sweet bed. (more…)