- a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities
- freedom from activity or labor
- peace of mind or spirit
Three of the Seven Dwarfs have taken possession of my body, so I'm hitting the hay early tonight. In fact, I plan on being horizontal as soon as I post this interesting tidbit.
Did you know that sleep had anything to do with success in losing weight?
Get to know leptin and ghrelin. They sound like a Hungarian comedy act, but they are hormones that regulate appetite. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and signals the brain when it's time to eat. Leptin is secreted by adipose tissue (sounds nicer than fat) and has the reverse effect, telling your brain when you are full.
Chronic lack of sleep increases ghrelin and decreases leptin, leading you to feel hungry when you don't really need to eat and to keep eating after you have gotten the calories you need.