By Martha Cliff
WITH January in full swing many of us will be setting our alarms a little earlier in order to hit the gym – but according to doctors you should be hitting the snooze button.
Sleep specialist Dr Guy Meadows explains that there is a link between lack of sleep and having a higher body fat percentage.
Having a lie in could be better for you than going to the gym according to Dr Guy MeadowsCredit: Alamy
Speaking to Cosmopolitan he said: “Sleeping less than 7-8 hours per night is linked to higher per cent body fat.
“Research suggests that people who average 6 hours per night are 27 per cent more likely to be overweight. Those who average 5 hours per night are 73 per cent more likely to be overweight."
Lack of sleep can cause weight gain because without adequate rest, your satiation and hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin, will be out of kilter.
This can encourage cravings, in particular for sweet foods.