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The Connection Between Lack of Sleep, Weight Loss and Weight Gain (Page 4)

Afternoon snacking gets outta control.

Lack of sleep may cause our bodies to secrete a molecule called 2-AG, which stokes hunger, according to research from the University of Chicago and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Participants had higher levels of the molecule after getting 4½ hours of sleep than when allowed to sleep 8½ hours. These levels peaked in the afternoon, when snack cravings are likely to kick in.

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