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Late Sleep Habits Contribute To Overeating, Weight Gain

06/02/11

  11:37:42 am, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Late Sleep Habits Contribute To Overeating, Weight Gain

When you lead an active life as so many of us do, it’s easy to find yourself hitting the sack a little later each evening, to the point where it becomes commonplace. But the results of a recent Northwestern University study underline the importance of maintaining regular sleep habits.

Medical News Today reports the study found that people who stay up late are more susceptible to weight gain than those who get to sleep earlier. The “late to bed, late to rise” crowd have poorer eating habits, consuming more calories at dinner and after 8 p.m., and eating more fast food and less fruits and vegetables. They also tend to eat less in the morning, instead loading up on food in the afternoon and evening. Of the 53 participants studied, late sleepers consumed an average of 248 more calories per day than normal sleepers.

Study author Dr. Phyllis Zee said, “When sleep and eating are not aligned with the body’s internal clock, it can lead to changes in appetite and metabolism.” A person could gan up to two pounds a month due to late sleep alone, the study shows.

The Medical News Today article also offers tips to curb your late night eating habits, such as drinking two or more cups of water when hunger pangs appear, sucking on hard candy or simply brushing your teeth. You can view the whole list here.

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