(The Observer) Researchers have found links between a lack of sleep and obesity (as well as an increased risk of diabetes), possibly due to an increase in the amount of food consumed, and/or due to a decrease in the amount of energy burned.
An article from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests a lack of sleep may increase hunger and correlate to less healthy diets. A lack of sleep might also lead to a decrease in body temperature (read: less calorie burning), as well as decreased physical activity (since most people who aren’t sleeping enough aren’t likely to hit the gym on a regular basis). Given just the simple context of the traditional college experience—when many people stay up later, eat more unhealthy foods and snacks, and gain weight—it’s easy to see why these studies may be worth paying attention to.
Other studies have indicated that getting too much sleep can add inches to your waistline. While more conclusive research needs to be done on this side of the scale, initial research indicates that routinely sleeping too much can increase the risk of depression, weight gain, heart problems, memory loss, and even premature death.[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]