Is a lack of sleep causing you to pile on the pounds?

12 March 2013

Losing weight can feel like a never ending battle and in some cases gastric band surgery is the best option.

However, before opting to go under the knife, it is important to properly assess your lifestyle.

A new study suggests that people struggling with their weight should pay particular attention to their sleep patterns.

Researchers at the University of Colorado found that sleeping a mere five hours a night during a workweek, with unlimited access to snacks in the office, can lead to obesity.

When placed under these conditions, it was observed that a person would gain nearly two pounds.

While a link between a lack of sleep and obesity has long been established, this study suggests that the extra calories burned to stay away were more than offset by the amount of a food consumed by participants.

Kenneth Wright, director of CU-Boulder's Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, stated: "Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain. But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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