Your Body's Response to Sleep
How many of you wake up in the morning looking like the toddler to the right? Although it is very comical, this little guy's appearance is a good reflection of what is going on in your body when you wake up. Regardless of all the benefits you receive from a good night of sleep, in the end it is still 7-9 hours of no food. Hunger then leads to a slew of hormonal responses that cause irritability, fatigue, and many other unattractive qualities. But, for the relevance of this post, lets focus on energy consumption and storage.
How Breakfast Solves This Response
Although the obvious solution seems to somehow prevent this starvation mode, it isn't that easy. First, the benefits of sleep are far more superior and shouldn't be interrupted to feed your body (A topic for another post). Second, sleep and no food throughout the night has become a biological part of human development. The solution is to wake up and "break the fast", breakfast! Studies have shown that insulin resistance while fasting is time dependent. The longer you fast, the more resistant your insulin receptors become, causing more fat storage and less sugar consumption.
So eat some breakfast, even if it is just a little bit. The consumption will jumpstart proper metabolism and end the dramatic response of starvation in the body. Skipping breakfast amplifies the negative responses to fasting, leaves you feeling tired and fatigued, and predisposes you to future health problems like Type II Diabetes. "Break the Fast" and stay healthy.