Many people tend to ignore getting a good night’s rest (sleep), not realising that it can affect their weight.

Think about it for a minute. When you are awake for a few hours past your bed/sleep time, do you reach out for a snack or perhaps even indulge in another meal altogether? This may be a common behaviour for many people. In addition, it can be relatively easy to overindulge and consume way more than your portion size – after all, nobody’s watching!

Appetite-regulating hormones

Cutting yourself short of sleep may affect the release of appetite-regulating hormones, according to WebMD. Appetite-regulating hormones include leptin and ghrelin. You may find yourself overindulging in high calorie snacks or junk foods. Biscuits, chocolates and potato chips tend to be favourite late-night snacks.

Try to keep only healthy snacks available for the times when you need a pick-me-up. Fresh fruit, dried fruit and unsalted nuts make excellent snacks.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in creating a list of healthy snacks or putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

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