American experts have discovered that people who sleep less can become obese by eating the wrong food.
The discovery came after analyzing data from a ten-year survey of the overall health, obesity, and eating habits of about 20,000 Americans aged 18 to 60.
It should be noted that seven to eight hours of sleep at night is considered “absolutely fine” from a health point of view.
So far, many hearts and brain diseases have been linked to more or less normal sleep.
However, this is the first study to show how less sleep than usual leads to obesity.
A study by Ohio State University professor Christopher Taylor and colleagues found that most people who sleep less than usual often feel the need to eat something when they are awake late at night.
To meet this need, they eat chips, burgers, broths, and other items that are counted among the “junk food”.
They don’t even do physical activity (such as walking) after eating such things at night. As a result, the fats, sugars, caffeine, and carbohydrates in these foods accumulate in large amounts in their bodies.
If this routine continues for a long time, then those people also become obese quickly, no matter how hard they work during the day.
The study also found that those who ate the same amount of junk food during the day did not have a higher rate of obesity than those who ate the same amount at night.
According to Professor Taylor, another possible reason for this is that in trying to stay up late at night, we use more of the things that are ready in less time and which gives us more energy sooner when we eat or drink. Come on
“It may be temporarily beneficial, but in the long run it can lead to weight gain,” said Professor Taylor.
Details of the study are published online in the latest issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.