Research has shown that adults who sleep less than 6 hours a night are at higher risk of being overweight. Sleep deprivation affects a person’s behavior and physiology that often leads to weight gain.
A common behavioral change is snacking when we should have been sleeping. Physiologically, lack of sleep alters the biology of fat cells making them less sensitive to insulin, therefore sugar and carbohydrates are craved for snacking. A sleep deprived body requires more energy in the form of calories, so we tend to overeat.
I have often written about the importance of adequate sleep for optimum health and functioning. Now we know that adequate sleep helps us to lose weight. Can it get better than that?