Is There a Connection Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

Sleep allows your body to function properly and conduct physical maintenance activities.
Are you suffering from the inability to sleep properly at night, while also noticing a significant gain in your body weight?

There may be a connection.  A number of recent studies have proven that there is a direct correlation between a lack of sleep and being overweight.  If you are having trouble getting enough sleep at night, it may be time for you to take action.  A good beginning is to determine an activity that helps you unwind in the evening.  Simply ensuring that you are more relaxed at night may be the missing component that can help you go to bed at a regular time.  The connection between you getting enough sleep in order to stay healthy and the ability to shed a few unwanted pounds may exist.

Insomniacs don’t gain much hope when reading the current research on sleeplessness and weight loss.  A study in Finland and reported by ABC News showed that women who sleep less than five and a half to six hours each night were at a greater risk of experiencing a weight gain of 11 pounds or more.  Men do not escape the statistics.  In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), a study was published of men participants who slept for 12 hours one night but had no sleep the following night.  They experienced five percent less general energy expenditure, indicating fewer calories overall burned by their bodies.

ABC New cited two additional studies that showed people who are sleep-deprived consume more food than those who were able to get to sleep at a healthy time and stay asleep throughout the night.  Information presented at the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) showed that women with only four hours of sleep consumed significantly more calories the next day than when they enjoyed sleep for nine consistent hours. AJCN also shared a study where they found that sleep-deprived participants snack more at night.

Sleep allows your body to function properly and conduct physical maintenance activities.  It helps your immune system to work better, while assisting your body in fighting infections.  Sleep also assists your brain in properly processing and retaining information.  Engaging in regular exercise, eating balanced meals and creating a proper sleep environment– all can contribute to better sleep habits.  Avoiding stimulants, such as caffeine, nicotine or alcohol, which may interfere with sleep, is recommended.  Watching TV, surfing the Internet or exercising too close to bedtime may also prevent you from drifting off.  As an alternative wind-down, a soothing cup of tea or warm milk and a good book may be preferable to make you drowsy and enjoy the relaxing rest you deserve.

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