Eating Too Much? You May Be Sleeping Too Little

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The Mayo clinic ran a small study on 17 adults over the course of 8 nights. They were split into 2 groups. One group slept 80 minutes less than the other. The subjects’ activity and food intake was recorded during the 8 day period. The researchers were surprised to discover that the sleep deprived people consumed 549 more calories per day on average!!! Both groups expended the same amount of energy.

According to the scientists,

“Less sleep was associated with increased levels of leptin and decreased levels of ghrelin — hormones associated with appetite. The authors say these changes were more likely a consequence, not a cause, of over-eating.” read more…

According to recent surveys, one in four adults is sleeping less than 6 hours a night these days. Could sleep deprivation be an explanation for the rising obesity rates in America? The researchers did not want to make such a broad statement, as this study was on a very small group.

But this is definitely something to think about.

What about you? Are you sleeping enough? Do you see a connection between your sleeping and eating patterns?

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  • Mylilspitfire

    Alas, this MUST be the rrot of my problem!!!

  • Kelli

    When I’m tired I notice that I crave various kinds of stimulants such as sugar, caffeine, or simple carbs to give me energy. Since I’ve noticed this about myself I try to eat well before heading to work on those days and pack snack that I won’t feel bad over indulging on…usually lots of fruit. Lots of protein for breakfast usually helps too.

  • Kelli

    When I’m tired I notice that I crave various kinds of stimulants such as sugar, caffeine, or simple carbs to give me energy. Since I’ve noticed this about myself I try to eat well before heading to work on those days and pack snack that I won’t feel bad over indulging on…usually lots of fruit. Lots of protein for breakfast usually helps too.

  • http://andiegoddessofpickles.blogspot.com/ Andie

    The connection between sleep and eating is pretty simple and obvious in my own case, being a notorious night-time snacker.. if I go to bed earlier, I snack less!

  • carol

    Seems like a stretch of a conclusion, and kind of counterintuitive, since being awake burns more calories than sleeping. It really depends what the person is doing during those extra 1-2 hours. I typically sleep 6 hours (busy life… not sitting around snacking), but haven’t gained weight in more than 20 years. There are too many variables with humans to draw a conclusion (activity level, metabolic rate, eating habits, etc.).

  • http://musclemaximizerfacts.com/ Jonson

    True point mention here! Yap I have that kinda day in my life and after my doctor suggestion I found myself again fresh. Thanks!

  • Riderjuiceplus

    Thank you for your post. I knew that but not the details. Sleeping much can reduce our weight because we consume less calories. eating more fruits and vegetables also helps us to consume less calories but the much nutrition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.aadam Anthony Aadam

    THAT IS REALLY TRUE THAT AFTER EATING TOO MUCH ITS BECOME SO IRRITATING TO SLEEP.