Not getting enough sleep may lead to obesity

Going without a good night’s sleep is known to make us all tired, forgetful, and sometimes cranky! But now it may also be bad for your weight, a new study has claimed. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota analysed the sleeping patterns of 17 perfectly healthy men and women, for 8 consecutive nights.  Half of those in the study slept normally and the other half only were only permitted for two-thirds of their ‘normal sleeping time’. Everybody was allowed to eat whatever they wanted during this time, and however much they wanted.

Study author Virend Somers, commented on the analysis: “We tested whether lack of sleep altered the levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin (both associated with appetite), increased the amount of food people ate and effected energy burned through activity”.

The subjects who were restricted on sleep within the ‘test group’, only had 5.2 hours of sleep per night on average, whilst the ‘control group’ benefited from approximately 6.5 hours every night.  On average, it was discovered that the sleep-deprived group ate an extra 549 calories daily and the control group ate 143 fewer calories daily. This means that the former group of people could potentially gain 1 extra pound of weight per week if they kept up that level of food consumption.

Dr. Andrew D. Calvin, co-investigator and assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, had this to say: “Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28% of adults now reporting that they get 6 or fewer hours of sleep per night”. It is generally recommended that adults/older persons should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night and adolescents should ideally have 8.5-9.5 hours.

Related Posts - MSC News

  • Women are serial dieters in the battle of the bulgeMarch 21, 2012 -- Women are serial dieters in the battle of the bulge
    There have been many diets that have become the new ‘craze’ over the last few years, with many people latching onto them in a desperate effort to drop those additional pounds. Diets such as the Atkins...
  • Are diet soft drinks really less Fattening July 8, 2011 -- Are diet soft drinks really less Fattening
    Research has shown drinking diet soft drinks may actually cause weight gain rather than help with weight loss. A study found that there was a 70 per cent increase in waist measurement on those people ...
  • Overweight police may be drastically punished according to new plansMarch 20, 2012 -- Overweight police may be drastically punished according to new plans
    Radical plans have been put forward that would force all officers to undergo an annual fitness test. This would include everybody from constables to chief inspectors and has come about after a review ...
  • Not enough exercise could be fuelling obesity crisisJuly 10, 2014 -- Not enough exercise could be fuelling obesity crisis
    A drastic decline in the amount of exercise people are engaging in, rather than diet and overeating, is the primary factor behind an increasingly worrying obesity epidemic, according to new research. ...
  • August 10, 2012 -- Don’t get weighed down with fat thoughts, it could make you obese
    A warning to all who are always worried and feeling stressed about their weight…Feeling fat during adolescence can apparently make you obese during your later life, according to the findings of a new ...
  • How an obese sibling can leave the other at riskJuly 29, 2014 -- How an obese sibling can leave the other at risk
    Contrary to popular belief that a child’s obesity risk is more determined by their parent’s weight, it could be true that siblings have more of an impact on their brother’s or sister’s chance of becom...
  • Regular exercise could lead to weight gainSeptember 26, 2013 -- Regular exercise could lead to weight gain
    Are you attending the gym for what you assume are sufficient workouts for keeping weight gain at bay – only  to find that the lbs. are actually creeping on you? If so, you are not alone and a new s...
  • October 24, 2012 -- New food labelling system planned to tackle rising obesity
    A brand new universal food labelling system will be implemented in the near future on all food items across supermarkets in the UK. Although the exact date of introduction and final design has yet to ...
This entry was posted in General Health News, Life Style, obesity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.