Good Night Sleep Beats Obesity

May 08, 2009
Sleepless nights may not only up the risk of various health problems but contribute to weight gain, a new study reveals.

People having bad quality sleep ate 550 more calories if compared to those who did not suffer from insomnia. The results of the French study conducted by the European Centre of Taste Science in Dijon were presented an international conference on obesity in Amsterdam.

The findings of the study showed that participants, who slept four hours, had greater appetite than those who slept eight hours. Bad sleepers tended to eat 22 percent more than those who had an adequate sleep rest. These extra calories equal to one large hamburger.

Scientists say that lack of sleep can become a sufficient factor contributing to obesity due to increased food intake.

Another study at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands showed that children, who suffered from sleep deprivation during puberty, were more likely to gain weight than those who got enough sleep.
The international conference was arranged by the European Association for the Study of Obesity.