I have treated tens of thousands of patients over the course of my medical career. Insomnia and obesity are among the diseases I or any other practicing physician deal with on almost a daily basis.
And it is clear that these conditions are closely linked.
People who don’t get enough sleep and/or quality sleep, struggle with their weight and are more likely to give in to unhealthy food cravings.
Some scientists believe that lack of sleep influences the hormones that control hunger. This makes perfect sense, as hormones are at the root of many of our behaviors and conditions.
Another factor is simply that being awake more hours gives you more time to eat. Yes, I mean that bowl of ice cream or bag of chips while watching TV late at night.
A third link between sleep loss and weight gain is lack of exercise. If you aren’t sleeping well, you may feel too tired to get the physical activity you need to burn fat and calories.
So if you’re not happy with the number on your bathroom scale, consider your sleep habits. Improving one is very likely to improve the other.
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