A new scientific study has cemented the link between obesity and sleep loss. This study, published in PLOS Biology, poses the likely possibility that excess weight can lead to decreased quantity of hours slept, and decreased quality of that sleep. Though humans and worms (the animal studied) have many differences, the study’s findings suggest that obesity can lead to decreased sleep function. When humans experience disrupted sleep, the body isn’t able to rest the way that it needs in order to facilitate the day’s activities.
- A recent study in PLOS Biology suggests that being overweight can cause poor sleep.
- According to researchers, obese individuals may have sleep issues due to a a signaling defect in their brain cells and fat stores that regulate sleep.
- The hypothesis that sleep is all about nerve cells and the brain is proving itself to not be completely true.
“In humans, acute sleep disruption can result in increased appetite and insulin resistance, and people who chronically get fewer than six hours of sleep per night are more likely be obese and diabetic”