Losing Sleep Can Cause Weight Gain
According to a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, losing sleep may cause you to eat more. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) looked at the link between lack of sleep and obesity, and discovered that other studies have reported similar results.
The study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition analyzed the sleeping pattern and diet of twelve young men. They test subjects were divided into two groups. One was allowed four hours of sleep per night, the other group eight. Those who slept less had a greater appetite and consumed 22 percent more calories that their well-rested counterparts. Although those with less sleep also burned more calories, it was not nearly enough to make up the difference.
Adequate sleep rejuvenates the body and mind and is essential for healthy functioning. A great way to ensure that you will sleep well at night is to exercise regularly. Exercise not only burns calories, it also gives you an energy boost for the day and ensures that you will be sufficiently tired when it's time for bed. Exercising too close to your bedtime is a bad idea as it raises your body temperature, which can take up to six hours to drop. A high body temperature makes it harder to get the rest you need.