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Wednesday, 31 August 2022

'Sleep deprivation gives you a fatter belly'

Sharing an article from Diabetes Diet Blog

"In young adults sleep deprivation has been found to cause fat accumulation in the belly for the first time.

Naima Covassin from the Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota studied 12 healthy slim young people aged between 19 and 39. The poor souls were randomised to two weeks of just 4 hours sleep a night or 9 hours sleep followed by a three day recovery period. During this time the subjects were kept in hospital and factors such as calorie intake and energy output were measured.

Over the two weeks of sleep deprivation, the subjects put on an average of a pound or half a kilogram and all of it on the belly.

This was because they consumed an extra 308 calories a day compared to the 9 hours a night group.

Despite stopping the study after two weeks and then during recovery sleeping more, eating fewer calories and their total weight coming down, their bellies continued to get bigger, by an average of 3 cm by day 21 of the study.

This could be why shift workers are so prone to gaining fat around the belly.

The continued rise in belly fat could have been missed if body weight, BMI and overall body fat percentage were the only factors measured.

Dr Harold Bays who is an endocrinologist and president of the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Centre says “Sleep disruption results in fat dysfunction and this may result in increased cardiovascular risk factors and unhealthy body composition including an increase in visceral fat.”"

Words above taken from here



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Things Your Mind and Body Are Doing While You Sleep

You are probably well aware that your body requires adequate sleep every night – ideally around seven to eight hours – to function properly and maintain your health, but you may not realize how much goes on while you are sleeping.

One of which is throughout the night, you lose weight due to expelling humid air and losing water through perspiration. As opposed to during the day, there is no consumption of food or beverages to offset this effect. This leads to a decrease in pounds by the morning. During sleep, your body also regulates hunger hormones. This means that you are better equipped to fight off junk food cravings if you got an appropriate amount of sleep the night before.
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All the best Jan

34 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

If only I could sleep longer than 5-6 hrs...need to work on this!

Tom said...

...sleep is a necessary part of life.

DUTA said...

Adequate sleep (7 hours) is definitely a Must in maintaining mental and physical health.

Jules said...

At least I have an excuse now :)

R's Rue said...

So true

pam nash said...

Thank you for sharing these two articles. They are very interesting. I try for 8 hours of sleep (otherwise I tend to get a bit cranky).

Teresa said...

Un estudio muy interesante. Besos.

Magaly Guerrero said...

That makes sense. The longer we are awake, the more we eat. Also, little rest has rarely being known to be good for the body in any way.

Christine said...

Interesting

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never had more than five hours sleep in my life. Now I know why I have a tummy, even though I'm tiny.

Conniecrafter said...

I believe this because it happened to my hubby working shift work, he was getting an average of 5-6 hours sleep

Jo said...

I sleep much worse these days than I used to.

Debbie said...

i get pretty good sleep, most of the time. but i have a fatter belly...what's up with that?? hehe

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I enjoy visiting your blog because I learn things that I otherwise probably wouldn't hear about.

Valerie-Jael said...

This is very interesting, thanks for sharing! Valerie

DeniseinVA said...

Fascinating article! Thank Jan :)

Elephant's Child said...

Sigh. I have huge sleep issues and now you have given me one more thing to worry about.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Hi Jan,
Excellent post.
I knew the importance of sleep, but not that we lost weight during sleep. We are always learning.
Greetings and all the best.

Snowbird said...

Goodness, how very interesting.xxx

Inger said...

I'm so fortunate to never have had a problem with getting a good night's sleep. It's so important, after all.

happyone said...

Interesting!

Ananka said...

Lack of sleep causes a lot of issues!

I am doing a lot better and in less pain. Just a long road ahead for it to reverse hopefully! Thanks for asking :-D

DVArtist said...

Very interesting. I have always slept very well and the older I get, (70) I sleep deeper and even better.

dellgirl said...

This is very interesting, and it is also helpful. I had no idea about this until I read about it here. Thank you for sharing this.

Wishing you well, my friend. Have a wonderful Wednesday night!

Rose said...

This is so interesting...now wonder I have gained so much weight! LOL Though I am half serious.

William Kendall said...

Most nights I get seven or eight hours in.

Lorrie said...

Sleep is so important for many reasons! I usually sleep well, and when I don't I know that I have to watch what I eat more carefully.

J.P. Alexander said...

Dormir es necesario para estar sano. Buena entrada. Te mando un beso.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Generally I don't have issue sleeping.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Margaret D said...

Interesting to read Jan.

Betty said...

interesting - I certainly lack sleep and have a fat belly!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Interesting. If I am up later than usual for something the hunger comes on and I end up eating more that day than normal. Luckily I'm a good sleeper.

italiafinlandia said...

Thanks for the useful info. All the best!

Linda said...

I tend to eat more if I am not well rested. The body craves energy.