Why Sleep Deprivation May Lead to Weight Gain or Obesity
by John Davenport
this happens and although not all of them may apply to you or to your loved ones,
it's best to take heed of them and make sure you don't find yourself lacking sleep:

1. Hormonal imbalances - There are all sorts of changes in our body when we lack
sleep. In children this can prove even more serious as you may find that your bodily
functions simply don't work as well as they should when you lack sleep. It's as simple
as that.

2. Reduced metabolism - While the connection between sleep and your metabolism
is not firmly proven, it is safe to say that when you don't get enough sleep, your
entire body slows down, including your metabolism. This means a reduced rate of
calorie burning and a greater tendency to gain weight.

3. Less muscle development - As any bodybuilder would tell you, sleep is crucial for
proper muscle development. Our muscles grow during our sleep so if you're not
getting enough of it you may very well be limiting the growth of your own muscle
tissue, something that slows down your metabolism even further.

4. Lack of energy - Sleep is required to replenish our energy and ability to do physical
activity. Without sleep we feel more lethargic, tired, worn down, etc. This is not the
best way to feel if you want to be active and burn a lot of calories and fat during the
day.

Even if you do make it to the gym while lacking sleep, your workout is not likely to
be anything above mediocre. You won't be able to really make the most of it.

So, for health reasons and functional reasons alike, you just need your sleep. There's
no question about it. Unless you wish to constantly fight a greater tendency to gain
weight or an inability to lose it, get at least 6.5 hours of undisturbed sleep each night.
That's a minimum as you may find yourself needing more.

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About The Author

John Davenport lost over 30 pounds in his twenties after being overweight most of
his life. He now runs a weight loss forum and publishes a diet and fitness newsletter.
Sleep deprivation is becoming more
and more common for children and
adults alike. It is unclear how
prevalent this phenomenon really is
but it's obviously spreading due to
longer work hours for adults, and
greater access to computers, video
games, and TV for children.

One of the consequences of sleep
deprivation is weight gain and
obesity. The question is why? Why
does lack of sleep contribue to weight
gain?

There are a number of reasons why
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