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by / Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Published in Sleeping and Sleep Disorders

lose weightWe recently came across this helpful infographic created by Sleep Genius that presents some compelling facts about link between sleep deprivation and weight gain.

Here’s a look at some of the statistics featured on the infographic:

  • If you get fewer than 5.5 hours of sleep per night, it’s 55% more difficult to lose weight
  • If you get fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night, you may feel up to 25% hungrier
  • If you get fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night, you could gain up to 14 extra lbs. per year
  • Women who slept 5 hours or fewer weighed an average of 5.4 lbs. more than those who slept at least 7 hours

The infographic even explores the connection between weight and sleep, noting that sleep deprivation:

  • Disrupts two critical hormone levels (ghrelin and leptin)
  • Affects parts of the brain that control appetite and behavioral control
  • Deprives people of the opportunity to burn calories while they sleep

Unfortunately, individuals who are overweight are also at greater risk of developing sleep apnea, a disorder that affects upwards of 18 million Americans and has been linked with serious health complications such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

If you have trouble sleeping at night or find that you exhibit any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor. There are effective forms of treatment, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, that can keep you healthy and improve your quality of life.

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