15 Ways Lack of Sleep Is Causing Weight Gain
A good night’s sleep helps us feel better, both mentally and physically. Depriving ourselves from sleep can lead to serious health problems, one of them being weight gain.
Individuals who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of developing numerous health problems. They are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.[slideshow:98284]
Lack of sleep is associated with increased hunger and appetite, ultimately resulting in weight gain. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep fewer than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours, WebMD says.
“It’s imperative to get enough sleep or you will feel sluggish, fatigued and weak,” says Michelle Roots, owner and personal trainer at CORE Conditioning. People who are too tired will have less energy to push as hard as they want during their workouts or they will end up skipping their workouts altogether, she says.