Here's an excerpt from one link:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average woman gets only six and a half hours of sleep per night. Chronic sleep deprivation can have a variety of effects on the metabolism and overall health. Inadequate sleep:
- interferes with the body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates and causes high blood levels of glucose, which leads to higher insulin levels and greater body-fat storage;
- drives down leptin levels, which causes the body to crave carbohydrates;
- reduces levels of growth hormone--a protein that helps regulate the body's proportions of fat and muscle.;
- can lead to insulin resistance and contribute to increased risk of diabetes;
- can increase blood pressure;
- can increase the risk of heart disease.
Good night. I'm going lose some weight now.