At this point we’ve written a lot about health problems that can arise from lack of sleep; not to mention, losing out on sleep has all sorts of mental consequences. But what about some more of the benefits of getting enough sleep? Turns out, your weight is one of them.
People who get less sleep have a bigger appetite and get hungry more often. This is because the body craves some sort of fast response to provide more energy to keep it going since it didn’t get enough sleep to do so regularly. In a 2004 study, people who had slept less than six hours a day were up to 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept the ideal seven to nine.
So it’s probably not surprising that studies are being made that suggest weight loss programs should include regular and ideal sleep hours.