The accumulation of fat around the belly is influenced by sleep in what ways?

Sleep affects metabolism, weight, and mental health. In numerous ways, poor sleep quality can cause belly fat:

Sleep loss disrupts hunger and satiety hormones including ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin, the "hunger hormone," increases with poor sleep, increasing appetite and desires for high-calorie foods.

Sleep deprivation can cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance raises blood insulin levels, encouraging fat storage, especially around the abdomen.

Sleep deprivation may increase sugar and fat cravings. Poor diets and energy-dense food consumption can cause weight gain and abdominal fat.

Sleep deprivation affects metabolism, especially glucose processing and storage. Reduced metabolic efficiency may cause excess calories to be stored as fat, especially around the abdomen.

Cortisol levels rise with sleep loss. Cortisol stimulates belly fat storage, hence high amounts are linked to obesity.

Sleep disturbances and shift work can affect circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythm disruptions can cause hunger and metabolic disorders and weight gain.

Good sleep hygiene can improve health and minimize weight gain, particularly belly fat.

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