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THE BRAIN, SLEEP AND OBESITY
The importance of sleep has been well emphasized in relationship to our thinking abilities, but what about weight and obesity? Studies have found a surprisingly strong relationship between the amount of sleep people get and the risk of becoming obese. Sleep deprivation lowers leptin, a blood protein that suppresses appetite and seems to affect how the brain senses when individuals have sufficient food. Sleep deprivation also raises levels of grehlin, a substance that encourages people to eat. In addition, children and adolescents who obtain less sleep are also at risk for obesity.
BRAIN DIFFERENCES RELATED TO ADHD
Key differences in the reward pathway have been found in individuals who suffer from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There is decreased activity of the reward system individuals with ADHD related to decreased dopamine, a neurotransmitter. By having a deficit in the function of the system, an ADHD individual requires much stronger stimuli to engage and then become motivate or interested in a task. This is one reason why ADHD individuals want to spend much time playing video games.
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