Not Sleeping is Making You Fat


Are you getting enough sleep? Don’t look at the bags and circles under your eyes for the answer. Look at your waistline.

Obesity rates have doubled over the last 30 years, and the problem doesn’t discriminate. Whether you’re a man or woman, adult or child, or live in a first world or third world country, obesity may be affecting you or someone you know. But it’s not just poor food choices and the conveniences of modern life that make you pack on the pounds; it’s your sleep.


The Sleep and Obesity Link

According to a 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, there has been a dramatic drop in how long we sleep, and a dramatic increase in sleep complaints reported in today’s society. We’re getting less sleep, experiencing the negative impact of chronic sleep disturbances, and getting fatter — that’s no coincidence!

Doctors agree that “sleep is an important modulator of neuroendocrine function and glucose metabolism”, as described in a 2013 obesity study in the Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. When you don’t get enough proper sleep, you run the risk of developing metabolic and endocrine alterations that lead to:

  • decreased glucose tolerance
  • decreased insulin sensitivity
  • increased evening concentrations of cortisol
  • increased levels of ghrelin
  • decreased levels of leptin
  • increased hunger and appetite

So, what does that all mean? Translated in plain ol’ English, it means that if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body:

  • can’t process sugars you eat normally (increasing the risk of Diabetes)
  • will be constantly under stress and so goes into starvation mode, increasing your cravings for high fat and super sweet foods
  • won’t burn fat as easily, so it makes it even more stubborn (there’ll be no way of getting rid of that muffin top and saddlebags now!)

Numerous studies have shown that poor quantity and quality of sleep can cause weight gain, and it works the other way around, too. Weight gain and obesity also make you sleep worse. It’s a vicious cycle!

Because sleep is such an important part healthy living, The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends that adults should get at least seven and nine hours of sleep every night. However, the NSF found that the average American adult gets only six hours and 30 minutes of shut eye during the work week.

How many hours do you get?

Tonight, do your body a favor. Turn in a little earlier. Your lack of sleep might be the only thing that’s making you fat!

Disclaimer: does not advise on personal health and wellness. Nor does treat, cure or advise on any medical conditions or diseases. All posts are purely for informational purposes and/or entertainment. Always consult with your doctor when it comes to your personal health.



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