When you ask someone ‘how are you?’ how many times to you get the reply ‘shattered’ or ‘tired’? for many of us this is a standard response as a worryingly large number of Brits don’t get enough sleep. We all know that lack of sleep is bad for us and can seriously affect our ability to function well, what we may not realise is that lack of sleep could also be making us fat!
A recent study suggests that the reason people are over weight or obese may not be purely down to lack of exercise or over eating it could also be sleep deprivation.
The study showed that people who sleep for less than four hours a night are 73% more likely to gain excess weight.
Lack of sleep can lead to a craving of an extra 900 calories a day. Such a huge amount of extra food a day could lead to a weight gain of up to 2lb a week.
This problem looks only set to continue as the average amount of sleep has fallen from 9 hours to 7 hours a night during the past 50 years.
Unfortunately, the fairer sex seem to suffer more from sleep deprivation than men and this is in part due to their partners. Women are far more easily disturbed by men during the night than the other way round, this is in part due to the simple fact that men are bigger, heavier and louder than women. One of the most common causes of sleep deprivation is snoring, not only for the snorer but for there long suffering partner. If your partner does snore its time you seriously started looking into some snoring cures to help give you that all so important nights sleep.