Sleeping, can it really increase weight gain?

A university study has found that you could be putting on weight just by sleeping too little or too much.

So, how much sleep did you have last night?

The University of Glasgow has said that abnormal sleeping patterns could increase the chances of obesity for those who are genetically predisposed to being overweight.

The study found that people with an abnormal sleeping pattern of either less than seven hours sleep or more than nine hours sleep are more likely to put on weight and could be putting their health at risk.

It was found that long sleepers with a high generic risk of obesity were 4 kg heavier, and short sleepers were around 2 kg heavier, than those with similarly high genetic obesity risk with normal sleep duration’s.

However the study has said that it is unable to find any link with sleep and body weight in those people that have low genetic risk of obesity.

Dr Jason Gill, from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, said:

“These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body weight.”

He also added:

“However, the influence of adverse sleep characteristics on body weight is much smaller in those with low genetic obesity risk – these people appear to be able to ‘get away’ with poorer sleep habits to some extent.”

The study also found that other sleeping characteristics such as: napping during the day, shift work and night shift work all effect weight gain.

Another study reported by the BBC in 2015 said that sleeping patterns can effect your life expectancy.

Prof Franco Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology at the University of Warwick, analysed 16 studies, where more than a million people were asked about their sleeping habits and then followed up over time.

 Cappuccio put the people involved into three groups:

• those who slept less than six hours a night

• those who slept for between six and eight hours

• those who slept for more than eight hours

The analysis that he gained showed that 12% more of the short sleepers had died when they were followed up, compared to the medium sleepers.

However, 30% more of the long sleepers had died, compared to the medium sleepers.

But can having more hours sleep be more effective than having less.

Cappuccio after added research found that people that slept for longer may be depressed or have underlying health problems.

Both these search’s come to a conclusion that you are best having 7-8 hours sleep, no more, no less.

 HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK: Sort your sleeping pattern out by getting into a regular system of around 7-8 hours’ sleep every night.

This will enable you to wake up feeling fresh and ready for your day ahead.


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