Increasing the number of hours you sleep each night from 6 to 8 may just do more than erase the circles under your eyes.
Apparently, according to a study at Columbia University, chronic sleep deprivation affects hormone levels which stimulate appetite and cause overeating. The less sleep you get, the greater your odds are of packing on the pounds. People who average around 5 hours of sleep each night have a 50% greater risk of obesity than those who sleep between 7 and 9 hours each night. Those who average just 3 or 4 hours a night have a 73% greater risk.
Shows what I know, I always thought it’d be better to sleep less, thinking that more calories would be burned with the increased activity. Then again, slumping over coffee and a bagel isn’t really zapping the cals.