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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Higher Calorie Consumption

Sleep deprivation is one of the most common health risks today. A recent study suggests that not getting enough sleep may result in consuming more calories the next day.


The researchers performed an analysis on data from 11 studies with a total of 172 participants. They included studies that compared a partial sleep restriction intervention with an unrestricted sleep control that also measured people’s calorie intake during the following 24 hours.


The analysis found that sleep deprived people consumed an average of 385 exta calories per day, the equivalent of four and a half slices of bread. Sleep deprived people tended to eat more fat and less protein, but did not change their carbohydrate consumption, when compared with people who got enough sleep.


The researchers also found that sleep deprivation did not have a notable effect on how much energy people expended in the 24 hours following lost sleep.


Researchers from King’s College London conducted the study. It was published on November 2, 2016, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


In the short term, not getting enough sleep can affect judgment, mood, and the ability to learn and retain information. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality. Previous studies have linked not getting enough sleep with faster cognitive decline, increased blood pressure, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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