How a Lack of Sleep Can Cause Obesity


Can Lack of Sleep Cause Obesity?


Not getting enough sleep at night can lead to a number of health issues over time and in some cases these issues cannot be corrected. In terms of drastic weight gains that lead to obesity, a lack of sleep is often a major cause, mainly due to the fact that regular healthy sleep is necessary to maintain good health in every person, regardless of age or gender. Without regular, healthy sleep, many systems in the body can start to irregularly produce hormones that can contribute to obesity. For instance, people who do not get a regular eight hours of sleep each night are more susceptible to weight gains due to the fact that leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that signal your brain when you are hungry or full, are directly related to a person’s sleep cycle.

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If you stay up late and wake up early on a regular basis, you may start to notice that you often feel hungry right before bed. This is because the longer you stay awake, the more energy the body requires to function, meaning you need to eat. Your body will therefore increase the amount of ghrelin (the hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) it produces, while reducing the production of leptin (the hormone that tells your brain you’re full) causing you to eat right before bed. This is what makes you gain weight, since your body cannot burn fat and calories as efficiently when you’re asleep compared to when you are awake.


A lack of sleep also causes a person to feel increased levels of stress throughout the day, which also contributes to an increase in appetite on a hormonal level. The hormone known as cortisol is produced when your body is feeling high levels of stress. This particular hormone often causes cravings for sugary, fatty foods, which are always a direct cause of obesity when consumed on a regular basis. In addition to causing obesity, too much sugar in your diet coupled with a lack of regular sleep can raise the level of insulin being produced by your body. If these levels get too high, there is a point where your body won’t be able to correct itself, which dramatically increases your risk of diabetes.


In short, when it comes to developing unhealthy diets, diabetes and obesity, the root of all evil is a lack of sleep. Fortunately, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at WR Mattress can help you solve this issue by finding the right mattress and bedding products to help you get a full 8 hours of restful sleep each night. With over 50 years of combined experience in the mattress industry, our team of experts have helped the people living in Surrey, Langley and White Rock feel healthy and well rested when they wake up each morning. To find out how we can do the same for you, visit our website, or come by our showroom to see all our fantastic mattresses and bedding products for yourself. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates about products, promotions and much more!