Sleep Deprivation May Result In People Eating More Calories

Posted: Nov 2 2016, 7:54am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Sleep Deprivation may Result in People Eating More Calories
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  • Skimping on Sleep may lead to Overeating
 

The latest research shows that skimping on sleep may lead to overeating.

Losing out on a good night’s sleep may lead to consuming extra calories the next day. This has been consistently shown to be true in a study. Sleep-deprived people consumed an extra 385 calories per day.

This is equal to four and a half slices of bread. In other words, the body knows best. You cannot trick it into allowing you to have your way.

Studies that had 172 subjects divided the sample of people into two groups. One of them were partially deprived of satisfying sleep. The other one got a solid dose of shut-eye.   

Their nutrient intake was monitored over the next 24 hours. The total energy intake exceeded the average rate by 385 calories. Also the nature of the macronutrients changed when these people stopped sleeping well. They took in more fat and less proteins.

However, carbohydrates remained pretty much the same. Since obesity depends upon an imbalance in calories, such sleep deprivation may lead to a slow yet steady increase in calories over time so that the person undergoing the sleep loss becomes overweight over the passage of time. 

Thus the old saying that “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” has some truth to it. Today in our modern times, sleep deprivation is very common.

This is due to the fact that we have choice and can flip on the light switch and engage in all sorts of activities till midnight and into the morning hours.

Yet this is a factor that can be modified since here too we have choice. By getting up with the dawn and going to sleep with dusk, we will reap the benefits of restful and optimal sleep. 

When people are like walking zombies due to sleep deprivation, they often show signs of being extra sensitive to food cues in the environment. This is because the reward centers in their brains are fully turned on and so these people go crazy at the sight of food.

A disturbance in the body’s internal circadian rhythms not to mention changes in the hormones leptin and ghrelin may also spell certain obesity in the future of these sleep-deprived people. Therefore, now we know that besides diet and exercise, sleep time is just as important a factor in the weight loss journey.

This study is published today in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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