Have you not gotten enough sleep lately? Be careful, not only makes you easily lethargic, lack of sleep according to a study can increase your weight, while making your waist circumference wider. How come it is, huh?
Find out the result of lack of sleep on your weight and waist circumference in this article.
Don't be surprised if your waist circumference widens due to lack of sleep
According to a study conducted at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine and the School of Food Science and Nutrition, poor sleep patterns can lead to overweight and obesity.
This study also shows that people who sleep an average of about six hours a day have a waist circumference that is wider than three centimeters (cm) compared to people who can sleep for seven or eight hours a night.
Therefore, it is only natural that the habit of staying up late can make your favorite clothes no longer fit now.
How can lack of sleep make the waist circumference widen?
According to the National Health Service (NHS), lack of sleep can contribute to the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Research led by Dr. Laura Hardie, not only looks at the relationship between sleep duration, diet pattern, and body weight, but also looks at blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar.
Research involving 1,615 adults recorded how long the study participants slept and also recorded their food intake.
After that, the researchers took blood samples, checked their weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure to note and observe. The result is that sleep deprivation adversely affects all the criteria tested by these experts.
The study, published in the journal PLOS One, found that due to lack of sleep can cause HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) to drop. In fact, this cholesterol level helps remove bad fats from the bloodstream so that it prevents heart disease.
Someone who lacks sleep usually tends to prefer unhealthy foods. If the result of lack of sleep can cause your body to become fat, maybe now is the time for you to rearrange your hours of messy sleep.
Lack of sleep makes it difficult for the body to metabolize
What is metabolism? Metabolism is a process that occurs when food and drinks consumed are converted into energy sources for the body.
When the body does not get enough sleep, cortisol or stress hormones in the body will increase. This condition will result in an increase in appetite.
When you sleep less, your body also has difficulty doing carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrates are not converted into energy, but only accumulate in the body. This condition causes high blood sugar levels, which ultimately results in increased insulin resistance. Finally this condition can spread to diabetes.
Increasing insulin is a signal for the body to store unused energy as fat. Therefore, people who continue to lack sleep will experience an increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, and memory disorders.
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