Around 1 in 3 adults regularly have less than five hours sleep each night and according to scientists, a lack of sleep doesn’t just make you tired. It can make you gain weight.
The recommended amount of sleep most adults need each night is between six and nine hours.
In a study, participants who slept five hours or less gained two pounds over two weeks because they snacked more.
However, when they slept the recommended amount they lost the gained weight as they reduced their consumption of fat and carbohydrates.
Professor Ken Wright, of Colorado Boulder University, said: ‘I don’t think extra sleep by itself is going to lead to weight loss.
Problems with weight gain and obesity are much more complex than that. But I think it could help.
If we can incorporate healthy sleep into weight-loss and weight-maintenance programmes our findings suggest it may assist people to obtain a healthier weight.’
Obesity is a common problem and around 1 in 4 adults are obese in the UK.
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