Late nights and appetites
The rise in obesity over recent decades has been accompanied by a growth in chronic sleep problems. Research has shown that the two phenomena are not unrelated. Sleep plays a key role in maintaining health, including managing our weight, and lack of sleep is a known risk factor for obesity in both children and adults. Shorter sleep duration is also linked to higher body mass index (BMI) and the expression of obesity-related genes.
I was asked to help edit Sleep Junkies’ infographic that explains some of the factors that turn sleep loss into weight gain. Please check out their excellent website, where you’ll find a ton of great sleep-related content.