Here's one more reason to get to bed at a decent hour. A recent study of 17 healthy individuals' sleep patterns and its effect on caloric intake discovered that those who slept less, ate more, used less energy, and therefore, gained more weight.
In controlled conditions, some participants were allowed to sleep their normal amount, while others were restricted to two-thirds of what they normally slept. The sleep-deprived peeps ate an extra 539 calories than normal and burned no more calories than the their well-rested counterparts.
“A lot of people have this idea that if they’re up late, working hard, they’re burning more energy. But we found no change in how much they moved when sleep deprived. They’re consuming an additional 549 calories per day, but not burning any of them off.”
While he admits the study is a small one, it may explain a correlation between obesity and sleep deprivation, as he continued:
“This study, while small, suggests that these two may indeed be linked, and if the findings are confirmed, they may suggest that sleep is a powerful factor in how much we eat and our chances of gaining weight.”
More research is needed to confirm the findings, but this could prove to be a valuable insight into a health problem plaguing our country that is only getting bigger and bigger.
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