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Less Sleep Means More Weight! Find out how much sleep you need…

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A new study suggests that healthy adults with late bedtimes and chronic sleep restriction may be more susceptible to weight gain due to the increased consumption of calories during late-night hours.

In the largest, most diverse healthy sample studied to date under controlled laboratory conditions, results show that sleep-restricted subjects who spent only four hours in bed from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for five consecutive nights gained more weight than control subjects who were in bed for 10 hours each night from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The study found an overall increase in caloric intake during sleep restriction, which was due to an increase in the number of meals consumed during the late-night period of additional wakefulness.

Furthermore, the proportion of calories consumed from fat was higher during late-night hours than at other times of day. (American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2013, June 28)) via Science Daily

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9 Comments

  1. Kathleen Hodgens

    October 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Well that explains it all. I got more sleep with a newborn than I have for the remaining three years of his life. Lol…

  2. Shirley Haynes-Angeles

    October 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    U can still lose weight on low sleep. I’m lucky to get 4 hours a night. But I was still able to lose 132 lbs in about 8 months. If u want to snack. Go for plan pop corn. It fills u up and u get the hand to mouth munch. That was my fav night time snack.

  3. Lillian Wall

    October 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    We should be malnutrition right Morgan Edwards!?! Lol

  4. Candace Combs Ash

    October 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    TeddyKrissy Beeson, do you have article references that show correlation between hypo and lack of sleep that you can share? I hypo also but don’t feel it’s related to my
    not being tired/sleepy at night. I’ve been that way for decades, long before my thyroid was dx. Thanks and God Bless.

  5. TeddyKrissy Beeson

    October 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    True..but what do you do when you can’t sleep due to health problems? For example I had to have half of of my thyroid out 2 yrs ago. I suffer from hypothyroidism. I try to sleep to no avail. 🙁

  6. Jennifer Cozzolino

    January 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I added 2 hours nightly so helps. Even my skin looks better!

  7. Pamela Redden Parks

    January 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Sleep is so important for a healthy gut.

  8. Carolyn Harrow Hager

    January 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I found that I do tend to either not lose or to gain when I am sleep deprived. Sometimes I do have trouble getting to sleep though. I have to be sure I get off the electronics early and have no caffeine.

  9. Suzy Hanks

    January 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Question I’ve not been sleeping and don’t know how to fix it

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