Sleep deprivation results in increased calorie intake, possibly contributing to obesity

Science Translation

7-9 hours of sleep a night, that is what we should all be striving for. Sleep rejuvenates us, helps us form memories, keeps us healthy, and helps us stay sharp. Sleep deprivation, anything less than 7 hours a night, occurs in about 30% of adults. Sleep deprived individuals report difficulty concentrating, remembering things, driving, and performing work. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased risk of accidents at work and in the car, diabetes, increased blood pressure, and memory loss. Evidence from animal models and human clinical trials suggests that sleep deprivation can also lead to weight gain or excessive calorie intake. Still unknown is how much of an effect sleep deprivation has on calorie intake in people. This is where a recent paper published by a group from London hopes to enlighten us.

The study, a meta-analysis, combined the results from 11 studies on sleep deprivation and calorieā€¦

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