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Poor Sleep & Weight Gain:

Lifestyle  •  July 20, 2020

When we are sleeping, our bodies clear out metabolic waste, thereby foods eaten and cleaning out waste for a clean start for the next day.  Decreased sleep directly decreases our metabolism and leads to weight gain. Chronic poor sleep is slightly related to obesity and difficulty with losing weight.  When sleep is poor, the hormones that regulate hunger and appetite are disrupted.

  • Ghrelin levels go up causing increased hunger.
  • Leptin levels go down causing decreased fullness. 

Having good sleep hygiene and at least 6 1/2- 7 hours of sleep at night will help promote better health and weight loss. 

If you are struggling with chronic poor sleep and your weight, we can help!


Elyse Dishler, M.D

Medical Weight Loss of Cherry Hill 

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