If you have trouble keeping your weight down, one piece you may be missing in your fight against being overweight could be your sleeping habits. Here are eight ways to get a handle on them.3 Billion Sufferers WorldwideDo you get enough sleep to feel truly rested in the morning? Do you use the weekend to catch up on sleep missed during a hectic work week? Or do you experience constant waking up at night, reducing sleep quality and amount even further?Estimates have it that about 3 billion people worldwide face these problems. You suffer, and half the world suffers with you. Something is really going wrong. Especially for those of us with sleep and weight problems.I already wrote about the connection two years ago, but back then didn't mention two large studies that point in the direction:
- The NHANES I study looked at the sleeping habits of about 9,000 people. Its results showed that people who on average slept for six hours per night were 27% more likely to be overweight than those who got 7 to 9 hours. Those who got only 5 hours even had a 73% likelihood of being overweight.
- The Nurses’ Health Study among many other things for 16 years examined the relation between weight and sleep in 68,000 women. At the start of that time span, all of them were healthy and of normal weight. But one and a half decade later, those who slept for 5 hours or less per night had a 15% higher risk of obesity than women who slept for an average of 7 hours.
- You simply have more time to eat. Waking time has to be filled, and many people do so by eating. Others also mistake being sleepy with being hungry.
- But you could actually really be more hungry, as not getting enough sleep may influence the hormones controlling your appetite.
- You don't feel like moving when tired, let alone doing exercise, and moving less of course conserves energy.