As a parent, you lose six months’ worth of sleep during the first two years of your baby’s life. While you can expect a degree of sleep loss with a newborn in the family, it does not mean you should simply accept it.
You need to do something about the lack of sleep because it will affect your weight. And weight gain can lead to health problems.
Sleep Deprivation Causes Cravings
Different studies show sleep loss can cause overeating. One study published in Obesity.Org revealed the effect of one night of poor sleep could equal the impact of six months on a high-fat diet. Both induce insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for type II diabetes.
Insufficient sleep also leads to poor food choices. When you lose sleep, food — junk food, especially — becomes hard to resist. Your brain releases a chemical that makes you crave unhealthy snacks, which may contain more calories and more fat.
Another study found an association between childhood obesity and late bedtimes. One hour past your child’s bedtime could put him at risk for obesity later on. Twenty-three percent of obese teens went to bed past 9PM, according to the study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers did add they only found an association, not a cause-and-effect link between obesity and bedtimes.
People lose sleep for a number of reasons, apart from welcoming a newborn into the family. A new study further found people are losing sleep over the election. Digital devices in your bedroom can also disrupt your sleep pattern.
In some cases, insufficient sleep could also mean one is suffering from an undetected disorder. Daytime sleepiness and irregular sleep patterns, reverehealth.com explains, are symptoms of a sleep disorder. This type of sleep deprivation will eventually require medical attention. With proper medical attention, you get the diagnosis for an effective treatment that stops impact of sleep loss.
Sleep is crucial to your health, so make sure you get enough of it. With sufficient sleep, you prevent overeating. You also reduce your risk for weight-related health problems. If your sleep habits relate to a disorder, get medical help.