Too Little Or Too Much Sleep Makes You Fat!

Getting too little or too much sleep at night increases the risk of obesity. A study from Laval University in Quebec, Canada found that nightly sleep duration predicted future weigh gain. They examined nearly 300 adults, organized according to their typical sleep duration: short, 5-6 hours; average, 7-8 hours; and long, 9-10 hours.

Short sleep duration increased the risk of obesity by 27 percent, while long sleep duration increased by 21 percent compared to the average sleep duration. The results were not influenced by energy intake or daily exercise. During the six-year study, short and long duration sleepers were more likely to gain 11 pounds or more than the people who slept 7-8 hours per night. Good sleep patterns are critical for weight control. Get a good night’s sleep every night. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening. Sleep in a dark, quiet room, avoid vigorous exercise before bedtime and get up at the same time every morning. Establishing consistent sleep patterns will make your feel better and helps control body fat. (Sleep, 31:517-523, 2008)