A recent Dutch research has shown, how important sleep actually is. The scientists have analyzed the data on sleep and feeding preferences of 180 Netherlands residents. It has occurred, that people suffering from insomnia at night and then feel sleepy during the whole day are more prone to overeating. Because of the permanent tiredness insomnia sufferers are chronically stressed. It makes them eat high-calorie foods trying to cope with stress. Besides, chronic sleep loss causes the alteration of metabolic function, which also contributes to obesity. It also disturbs the production of melatonin hormone responsible for the breakdown of fat. The lack of adequate sleep or disturbed sleep increases mortality rates, negatively alters human physiology and leads to emotional overload.
A Bit of Sleepless Statistics in the U.S.
Approximately 50% of adults are not obtaining the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. At the same time, the number of adults who are obese and who obtain inadequate sleep has increased markedly in the United States, while obesity rates have more than doubled over the last 30 to 40 years. Nearly 75% of adults report having sleep problems at least three nights a week. So, if you suffer from sleeplessness, don’t delay and consult a doctor, and you will not only be able to get rid of sleep problems and feel better, but also maintain your figure.
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