How Lack Of Sleep Makes You Overeat?
How is your sleep pattern? Are you deprived of sleep or are oversleeping? Well, this post for those who sleep less than they need to and the after effects.
You must have noticed that when you are deprived of a good night’s sleep, you feel a lot hungrier the following day. Research says that this connection is true. However, you would probably not know the amount of extra calories you are consuming. Keep reading to find out how lack of sleep makes you overeat!
Researchers have published a new study and have counted the number of extra calories consumed by those who are sleep deprived. In the recent times, sufficient sleep, along with diet and exercise, has emerged as a third factor to control weight. Studies done before have linked lack of sleep with type 2 diabetes and obesity. However, this is the first time that a research has been done to calculate the caloric effect of sleep deprivation.
In the study, the researchers pooled results from 11 studies carried out previously that looked at partial sleep deprivation and consumption of calories. The term ‘partial sleep deprivation’ means that people were deprived of sleep for a part of the night and not for the whole night. Partial sleep deprivation can affect sleep quantity and also the sleep quality.
The study involved 172 individuals (both male and female) between the ages of 18 and 50, who were either of a healthy weight, were overweight or obese. All the studies had control groups of individuals who got enough sleep i.e. between 7 and 12 hours at night. Individuals in the sleep deprived group reported a sleep of 3 ½ to 5 ½ hours in bed.
The researchers discovered that the sleep deprived group consumed 385 calories extra on an average per day. This is equivalent to four and a half slices of bread! It is close to one-fifth of the energy needs of a 30 year old woman who stays moderately active. The consumption of fat was more and that of protein was less. Carb consumption stayed the same roughly.
Researchers of other studies are of the opinion that a lack of sleep can affect the hunger hormones namely, leptin and ghrelin. However, the researchers of the current study have a different explanation. They say that the tired overeat because they are on a look out for pleasure.
Another expert at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City has the same suspicion. The sleep deprived individuals have the urge to binge as they are jittery and unable to satisfy their anxiety.
The study has also found that staying up late does not help in burning extra calories. It has been suggested that not getting enough sleep for a longer time period can lead to weight gain. The studies did not last for more than 2 weeks and hence it was not possible to find out if the extra calories equated to extra kilos too.
The researchers are now carrying out a study with those who don’t get enough sleep regularly to see the effect on their weight. They want to do more research on sleep and find out if there is any remedy for the risk of obesity and diabetes. This point is quite relevant in this era where people follow the trend of sleeping for less number of hours.
The fact that needs to be driven down is that you should make sure that you catch enough hours of zzzzz and stay fit!
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