Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Weight Gain?
Can sleep deprivation cause weight gain? Recent studies have found that those who sleep for less than 5 hours have an increased likelihood of weight gain.
Scientists are uncovering more and more evidence which points towards a relationship between lack of sleep and an increased weight.
Think about it, if you’re feeling tired in the morning, you’re more likely to reach for that cup of coffee for a shot of energy. You continue drinking coffee to carry you through your day. By the time you’ve finished work, you don’t have the energy to cook tea – you put it down to not having the time. It all adds up to an increased waistline.
A study carried out by J. Catesby Ware, of the Sleep Disorder Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, focussed on the sleep habits of 1,000 men and women. The study carried out by J. Catesby Ware found that individuals who reported sleeping less weighed more than those who slept for longer.
Eve Van Cauter, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, held a study which found when 12 healthy men in their twenties were instructed to sleep just four hours a night for two nights in a row, they reported a 24% increase in hunger.
The study also found that ghrelin, the hormone which sparks hunger, rose by 28%, sparking cravings for sugary goods.
Even losing so much as 30 minutes of sleep a day can lead to an increase in obesity. It should come as no surprise that professional athletes treat sleep just as importantly as their nutrition.
If you’re serious about weight loss, you might want to think about a sleep schedule to go alongside your gym routine.