Getting More Sleep Can Help Combat Obesity
For the millions of Americans struggling to maintain a healthy weight, getting more sleep may prove to be part of the solution. Findings from multiple studies show a strong correlation between the amount of sleep a person gets each night and their chance of becoming obese.
According to the study, individuals who got fewer than four hours of sleep per night were 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who got the recommended seven to nine hours. People who averaged five hours of sleep per night were 50 percent more likely to be obese and those who got six hours had a 23 percent higher risk.
Though people burn fewer calories while sleeping, evidence exists linking sleep and the various neural pathways that regulate food intake. For individuals who are concerned about their weight, seeing a sleep specialist might prove to be as helpful as meeting with a nutritionist or beginning an exercise program.