Sleep and Food Consumption

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

If youre concerned about your weight and trying to shed a few pounds, you would be well advised to get a good nights rest. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on sleep and food consumption in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Being sleep deprived may make you eat more than usual. When researchers compared people allowed to sleep as much as they wished with those who slept just two-thirds of their normal time, they found that sleep deprivation was linked to eating more calories.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Minnesota Obesity Center and the Mayo Clinic.

Researchers studied 17 men and women, ages 18 to 40. Participants were evaluated to determine how much time each person normally slept and then were studied for eight days. Men and women were randomly assigned to sleep as much as they wanted or to sleep only two-thirds of their normal sleep time.

Everyone had access to as much food as they wanted. Food intake was logged. The sleep-deprived group ate the extra 549 calories daily while the comparison group actually ate about 143 fewer calories daily than usual.

If you are looking to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight, getting a good nights sleep could be important.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.