Well, according to a new study, not getting adequate sleep, or the amount that’s ideal for your body, can contribute to weight gain. Research suggests that losing 30 minutes of sleep per day may promote weight gain, and adversely affect blood sugar levels, creating long-term consequences for your weight and metabolism.
Professor Shahrad Taheri, MBBS, PhD, professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha, said, “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found that as little as 30 minutes a day of sleep debt could have significant effects on obesity and insulin resistance at follow up.”
For the study, Taheri and his team recruited 522 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus, and randomized them into one of three groups, ie, usual care, physical activity intervention, or diet and physical activity intervention. They observed that, when compared with participants who had no weekday sleep debt, those who had weekday sleep debt were 72 percent more likely to be obese by the 6-month mark.
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