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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.

Gina Hodge

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.

 

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.

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.