Sleep more to eat less

2015-08-26 06:00

EATING and sleeping are both essential to survival. These processes are deeply intertwined, because the same part of the brain plays a role in both the regulation of sleep and metabolism and their interaction.

Sleeping enough may not be at the top of your priority list, but you might need to reconsider. Research indicates that too little sleep may increase appetite and lead to weight gain.

A new study supports this by reporting that decreased sleep is linked to increased hunger and appetite, which is in turn linked to an increased risk of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Insomnia can also affect eating habits and behaviours, as well as our ability to perform our daily tasks.

Eating habits are driven by biological, emotional, cognitive and environmental factors.

According to a recent study, sleeping patterns influence all four these factors. When you are sleep deprived, the hormone responsible for controlling your appetite is affected, resulting in more emotional and impulsive behaviour, leading to a greater desire for food and a decreased desire to partake in physical activity, in order to compensate for a lack in energy.

A healthy lifestyle should therefore emphasise the importance of adequate rest during the night.

) Hannelise van Emmenis is a fourth-year Dietetics student at the University of the Free State (UFS)

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.