Beware night owls! Lack of sleep means gaining weight!

Are you a night owl? If you are, the odds of you gaining weight in the next five years might be higher than you think because of lack of sleep.

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Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain

A study showed that teensĀ and adults gained weight for every hour of sleep that they lost. Let’s say that you slept three hours less than your usual eight hours of sleep. Well, you just wanted to finish that Game of Thrones marathon, didn’t you?

If you do this almost every night for the course of five years, you would gainĀ 2.1 points on the BMI index for every hour of sleep you lost. This was done on more than 3,000 participants. You can read more about the study here.

A previous study also reported almost the same results. Watch this video to learn more why lack of sleep leads to almost immediate weight gain:

So how can you get eight hours of sleep? And continuously do this? Read here about how food can help you sleep, how wearing nice sleepwear can help you sleep, and the basics of sleep.

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  • […] Never take sleep for granted. It’s your body’s way of rejuvenating itself in order to function well. As simple as a few days of sleeping late can cause your immune system to plummet, and we don’t want that. There are also studies that say lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain! […]

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