Sleep and Weight Gain

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Many of us do without much-needed sleep during the week and attempt to make up for it by sleeping in on the weekends. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses a studys findings which suggest that might not be good for our health.

Dr. Hill:

Think twice the next time you dont get as much sleep as you need. Missing just 30 minutes of shuteye during weeknights could boost your weight and disrupt your metabolism.

Researchers studied 522 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and randomly assigned them to usual care, added exercise, or diet and exercise.

At the studys start, those who didnt get enough sleep during the week were 72 percent more likely than those with sufficient sleep to be obese. Six months later, the researchers said they were more likely to be obese and have blood sugar problems. Just a half-hour of missed sleep during weekdays was enough to cause problems.

After a year, for every 30 minute decrease of weekday sleep, the risk of obesity and insulin resistance was increased by 17 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

Many people decrease sleep during the week and try to make up for it on the weekend. But weekday sleep debt may lead to long-term metabolic disruption.

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