So in my constant battle to find the best research on health and weight loss I stubbled on this little article about how sleep effects your weight...it's crazy but they found that sleep was PARAMOUNT to the success of your body function specifically, weight loss. I have a little tidbit of it here for you to digest...
•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
Even in young, healthy people, a sleep deficit of three to four hours a night over the course of a week has a triple-whammy effect on the body.
go read the rest...is a small article, but gets you thinking!