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Does Sleeping make you fat?

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Your lifestyle and genetics determine your ability to gain or lose weight as well as a lower energy-intake to energy-expenditure ratio (energy balance equation).Multiple studies have concluded that sleeping in itself cannot cause weight gain. Our bodies are expending energy even while asleep to fuel the complex processes required to grow, maintain, repair and survive.

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Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Does Sleeping Make You Fat ?

Your lifestyle and genetics determine your ability to gain or lose weight as well as a lower energy-intake to energy-expenditure ratio (energy balance equation).

Multiple studies have concluded that sleeping in itself cannot cause weight gain. Our bodies are expending energy even while asleep to fuel the complex processes required to grow, maintain, repair and survive. In fact sleep deprivation or working late nights is one of the major reasons for weight gain. Lack of sleep leads to your body slowing down production of hormones, leptin and grehlin, making you feel hungry, even after eating a filling meal.

[Read: Good Sleep for Insulin Resistance]

Many experts suggest that a nap of not more than 30-45 mins in the afternoon can be beneficial in negating the production of cortisol (the stress hormone) and also increasing productivity of work in the latter part of the day. Most people with late shifts are required to take a short afternoon nap to avoid accidents or mishaps at work at night.

Avoid sleeping within 1-2 hours of lunch to prevent slowing down the digestion process and increasing the chances of acid reflux due to your horizontal posture. So keep it short and space it appropriately post lunch.

 

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Eduardo Salenga
Eduardo Salenga 5pts

After eating I take green tea my weight fix all times

Monika B Herr
Monika B Herr 5pts

Sleeping in the afternoon, dependent on one's personal Ayurvedic constitution, can be either supportive or disruptive to the body. Time and again the articles on this page lack a solid connection to Ayurvedic wisdom. With all due respect Curejoy Admins please go back to calling yourself Curejoy or start including Ayurvedic information to support your decision to take on the impression that you are sharing wisdom based on Ayurvedic science. For anyone interested in how Ayurvedic practices can improve digestion the following article will prove far more useful than this one above. http://www.chopra.com/ccl/6-ayurvedic-practices-to-improve-your-digestion

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Excessive sleeping in the afternoon is not good

Rupali Verma
Rupali Verma 5pts

me too.. every noon tym i sleep for 2 hours hhihhih but my mum ask me everyday. dnt sleep too much tym in aftrnoon othrwise u becum fatty.m healthy. anyways

EMi Oh
EMi Oh 5pts

I don't think so..

Chaquillea Bellarouge
Chaquillea Bellarouge 5pts

what if you need it to feel better because you can't sleep very long due to shift sat work to pay the bills and you get 3 to 4 hours...so to feel better you sleep in the afternoon to have energy to get through the afternoon evening shift. Like driving tired,,best to nap so you can still focus...

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

There could well be underlying problem Puja Gupta!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

You can eat after the nap! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

:) Not everybody is same!

Puja Jaiswal
Puja Jaiswal 5pts

No..... I sleep n sleep Still I m underweight

Phyllis Duminie
Phyllis Duminie 5pts

I guess if your sleeping you can't be eating. So, no.

Janet Nader
Janet Nader 5pts

I used to short nap in the lunch time!|-O

Nikhil Sharma
Nikhil Sharma 5pts

everyone's body is different and so living style :)