Lack of sleep not only makes you tired and unconcentrated, it also leads to weight gain and serious illnesses. What can we do against it?

Sleep disorders Lack of sleep Overweight: fatigue is not worth it!

Poor sleep leads to weight gain: Pickwick syndrome

Even if it has little to do with each other at first glance, it is very usefulto address the issue of sleep and obesity because until recently the link between the two was largely unknown. If you look at the research work of the last decades, clearthat obesity can lead to poor sleep, which is highly associated with changes in breathing.

This was named Pickwick Syndrome after Charles Dickens' novel The Pickwickians. This book features the overweight Joe who falls asleep frequently during the day, as do many People with sleep apnea. Studies linking weight gain to poor sleep date back more than fifty years; however, studies linking poor sleep and weight gain are relatively new.

8 facts about sleep and weight

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In recent years, there have been many studies that have shown that poor sleep leads to weight gain. The course structure and protocols were very different, but here are some key points:

  1. Numerous studies have shown that less than six hours of sleep and staying up late after midnight can promote obesity. In a 2015 study of the habits of over 1 million Chinese subjects, Jinwen Zhang, a public health scientist, found that people who slept less than seven hours a night were more likely to be overweight.
  2. Another study published in 2015 by the clinical psychologist Randall Jorgensen in the journal Sleep showed very clearly that the waist width increased with shorter sleep times. The scientific evidence that disturbed sleep leads to weight gain should be clearly proven. This study is great for quoting if you prefer to sleep in rather than join your friends in the gym.
  3. Schoolchildren who slept too little (less than nine hours a night) and / or slept irregularly were overweight, according to a study conducted in 2008 by researcher Eve Van Cauter, which revealed the effects of day / night rhythm (the circadian rhythm) had examined the endocrine system. When I see my older children staying up until the wee hours of the morning, I am often tempted to take such studies to their school and ask teachers if it is worth doing this ridiculous mountain of homework to do then follow fashion diets for life and squeeze into shapewear to hide the muffin tops.
  4. Ghrelin is a hormone that is produced in the gut. Ghrelin acts as a hunger trigger in the brain, but can also play a key role in the pleasure of eating. Ghrelin ensures that we crave processed foods that lure in supermarkets. The 2004 study by clinical researcher Shahrad Taheri showed that as the amount of sleep decreased, ghrelin production increased, increasing the likelihood of overeating and being overweight.
  5. Poor sleep quality can affect the levels of the chemical substance leptin in our body. Leptin, which is produced by our fat cells, leads to a feeling of satiety and curbs the appetite. When we sleep poorly or too little, leptin goes downspiegelwhich, according to a 2015 study by Fahed Hakim, causes us to eat more.
  6. The 2015 study by scientists Alyssa Lundahl and Timothy Nelson showed that our energy level is lower after a night with little sleep. One compensation mechanism is to eat more to boost energy.
  7. Poor sleep is also associated with lower impulse control and higher risk-taking behaviour. According to a 2006 study by Harvard scientist William Killogre, these factors could lead us to eat poorly during periods of disrupted sleep or insufficient sleep duration.
  8. A 2015 study that looked at 3300 teenagers and adults came to a very sobering conclusion about sleep and weight. Lauren Asarnow and her Berkeley group examined the effects of chronic sleep deprivation on body weight. They showed that the subjects' body mass index (BMI) score increased by 2,1 points for every hour of less sleep.

Heart, blood pressure, circulation: the long-term consequences of too little sleep

Too little sleep, too high weight: this can lead to further serious diseases. Let's think about the heart for a moment. Where is the heart In our chest. Who is his neighbor The lungs with their two lungs. Let's look at the picture above. You see a picture of the heart and lungs. Note that the heart lies exactly between the lungs and, like everything in the chest cavity, is nicely closed.

Your heart must be at this point because its main task is to pump the blood that is no longer oxygen (the blue blood: blood turns blue / black when it contains no more oxygen) into the lungs, where it is new Can absorb oxygen and turn bright red again. The chest acts like a bellows. It's a fine thing for the lungs. If we expand our chest, we create a negative pressure, a vacuum, like a bellows.

They say nature abhors a vacuum, and it's true. The air outside the lungs rushes to fill the space created, causing us to inhale. With a well-functioning breathing everything is in Order. However, if a person has trouble breathing, it becomes problematic. Look again at the chart and imagine a person struggling to breathe at night. In order not to suffocate, this person tries to suck air into the lungs with increasing force (A). Because of the space occupied by the heart in this thoracic bellows, any drawing of air into the lungs causes blood to be drawn back into the heart (the B on the right).

In the end there is heart failure

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has the heart Problems in order to pump blood out, the blood returning to the heart (the B at the bottom of the drawing) has no place to go. It cannot flow into the heart because the blood is not pumped out efficiently enough. The blood also cannot reverse and flow back. So what is the natural Solutionthat the body finds? It turns out there are two possible consequences and both are bad.

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