Researchers at the University of Colorado Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory are reporting that lack of sleep for even one workweek leads to overeating and weight gain among people.
The researchers conducted a study in which 16 healthy adults were allowed to sleep for just 5 hours per day over a normal workweek. The researchers found that participants gained almost nearly 2 pounds and overate during meals that were invariably delayed.
In the second week, the participants were allowed nine hours of sleep, during which they ate lesser quantity of carbohydrates and even lost weight.
The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.