The LESS You Sleep the More Weight You Gain

Are you constantly working late nights in order to overcome your work load and the coffee is the most consistent partner of yours? Surely with that each cup of coffee you desire to grab some donuts or cookies from the fridge. Most of the time when we are planning to sleep late at night our appetite works faster than our wall clock. The stomach wants more food for the sake of overcoming its sleep deprivation. Why is that so? Just read on…

Due to increasing economic competition, most of us only sleep 7 hour in a day. Lots of reason implies for that including; overtime at the job, prolongation of artificial lightning, use of electronic devices and the main reason is the belief that sleep is less important than other activities, whether they are concerned with the work or pleasure related.

Most people can see the correlation between sleeping less but weighing more. The percentage of obese has been increasing constantly since the 1960’s. This is not only confined to adults but children are also gaining weight drastically.

Link between bad sleeping habits and the rise in obesity

Numerous researches have shown that a large number of short sleepers, which only sleep 5 to 6 hours daily or less than that, were mostly over weight. Those kids who sleep less than 7 hours, with reference to latest study these kids have more risk of developing obesity within 5 years.

Researches also demonstrated that short sleepers don’t eat healthy foods too. Their diets mostly include larger percentage of high calories food such as snacks, higher amount of caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Furthermore they also skip the main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snack more. Which are related to weight gain and ultimate development of obesity.

Scientist explains that sleep deprivation leads to a slower processing time of blood sugar and this changes the hormones, which control the appetite. With sleep restriction the level of hormone leptin falls which, reduces the appetite whereas the hormone ghrelin rises which stimulate it. This changes increase the hunger and the desire of high caloric food upsurge.

The take home message is simple, one should get enough sleep to decrease the risk for obesity and weight gain. As one grows older the tendency to gain weight rises, this trend is worsen by the inadequate sleep. Similarly if you are trying to lose weight than sleep deprivation will make it more difficult for you. Obesity is associated with higher risk of heart diseases, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Proper sleeping habits revitalize energy in your body and with proper exercise and healthy eating habit are essential for your physical health.

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