The Hidden Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Lead To Weight Gain

April 16, 2015 12:28 PM

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The Hidden Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Lead To Weight Gain

Can’t figure out why you’re gaining weight -- or why it’s so difficult to erase those extra pounds? You might be suffering from sleep deprivation -- even if you swear you’re getting enough sleep at night. In fact, one study presented at this year’s Endocrine Society national meeting suggests that getting just 30 fewer minutes sleep than you should per weekday can increase your risk of obesity and diabetes.

Logically, it’s practically impossible to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle if you don’t have the energy for it. “If I’ve gone to bed late or I have a restless night, I’m more likely to turn off my alarm in the morning and skip my workout,” says Paige DePaolis, 24. “It could be me consciously th...

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