Is Lack of Sleep Making Us Fat ?

Lack of sleep is one of the major causes for obesity and Type II diabetes and we are just scratching the surface.

A recent study at University of Leeds showed that participants with disrupted sleep had higher blood glucose levels even when they did not make any changes to their diet. This brings focus on much debated topic in modern health and lifestyle : SLEEP .

Modern industrialized world has discarded sleep and  it is synonymous to  laziness. The quest for high productivity, efficiency and deadlines has sacrificed one thing more than any and that is sleep. Unfortunately millions of years of evolutionary development can not be undone in a few hundred years without any unintended consequences. With current focus on this vital aspect of our well being, scientists have just started to find out physiological impact of lack of sleep.

Obesity, Mental Health, Type II diabetes and Heart Disease are some for which we have found lack of sleep as solid contributor. Some doctors have even suggested increased risk of cancer due to lack of sleep.

With high caffeine and alcohol consumption, modern gadgets and constantly stimulating environment, it is getting increasingly difficult for us to get to sleep , whilst quality of sleep is constantly getting poorer and length being reduced. Most people will happily confess to having a 6 hour shut eye and believe it is sufficient.

A few suggestions to help you sleep better:

  1. Have a bedtime routine and no electronics 30 min prior to hitting the sack.
  2. Make sure room is dark and void of any red or blue LED lights from TV or other appliances.
  3. Suggested temperature for a good night’s sleep is 17-19 degrees Celsius.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed
  5. Eat a high fibre diet
  6. Practice mindfulness