If you get enough sleep, you eat fewer calories. This is the result of a new study from the USA.
If you want to finally say goodbye to the corona kilos, you should make sure you sleep exactly THAT number of hours.
Save 270 calories daily
Scientists have long known that getting enough sleep is a critical factor in overall health and well-being.
Lack of sleep is bad for our health and also makes us eat more.
The study recruited 80 severely overweight adults between the ages of 21 and 40 who typically slept less than 6.5 hours a night.
They were instructed to sleep 8.5 hours a day. Ideally around this time, as a British study showed .
Otherwise, the study participants did not change anything. They continued to eat as usual, maintained their normal daily routine, and exercised no more than usual.
The result: Those who slept more consumed an average of 270 fewer calories per day.
That corresponds to 15 percent of the daily calorie requirement.
The researchers calculated that the study participants could lose up to twelve kilos of body weight in three years in this simple way. As you sleep, the pounds melt away.
Why sleeping is healthy
The researchers wondered why obesity and sleeping habits are related. Her guess: sleep affects appetite-regulating hormones.
Beyond that, sleep deprivation and overwork have been shown to weaken memory. Those who chronically don’t get enough sleep – such as Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (58) – risk their health. The possible consequences range from gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems to mental illness. The immune system is also weakened when the body cannot rest.