Are you working out and eating healthy, but it seems like
your still finding it tough to get in shape? It could be because of the amount
of sleep you’re getting! A recent study published in the journal of sleep,
Sleep, shows that no matter how health-conscious you are during the day, if you
go to bed late then you’ll probs gain weight. Bummer, right?
The study researched 225 subjects who were encouraged to
stay as sedentary as possible and were given unlimited access to food – no
exercise and unlimited food, not a good combo! One group of the study slept
from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and the other group slept from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Which
group gained more weight? You got it – the night owls.
The reason for this is the sleep deprived study subjects
craved comfort food – ya know, stuff like French fries and Mom’s apple pie. The
reason for that though, is unclear. Maybe it’s because only fatty foods are
available at night (or just seem easier to grab and nosh), or maybe people that
stay up late get hungrier. Bottom line though, is if you’re tryin’ to lose
weight, or stay healthy, period, it’s time to hit they hay at a decent hour on
the daily. No excuses!
Are you a night owl? Tell us in the comments!
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BY KATIE TAKACS ON 7/11/2013 11:24:00 AM
POSTED IN sleep tips, get more sleep