YOUNGSTOWN, Oh. (WYTV) – Sleep, getting enough is essential to living a healthy lifestyle while not getting enough is very dangerous.

Not sleeping enough can actually be the reason for significant weight gain.

When suffering from sleep deprivation, the brain releases more dopamine and serotonin. By changing these chemicals, it increases cravings for certain kinds of food, mostly foods full of fat and high in sugar.

Sleep deprivation results in heavier caloric intake and causes weight gain.

What other effects does it have on your health? What are some changes you can make to avoid this?

Dr. Shayesteh joined 33 WYTV Daybreak to explain in the video above.Click here for a complete list of nutrition segments with Dr. Shayesteh