Does Lack of Sleep Really Cause Weight Gain?

Does lack of sleep really cause weight gain? Dr. Angela Walk

Restful, restorative sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy life. However, nearly two-thirds of Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Next to nutrition and exercise, adequate sleep is paramount for overall health.

Studies show that lack of sleep causes stress, irritability, weight gain, forgetfulness, high blood pressure, loss of libido and even more susceptibility to pain.

But we don't need to tell you all of that. You already know how bad things can be when you don't get enough sleep.

Recently, one of my new patients shared her struggles with weight gain and also happens to suffer with chronic insomnia. She questioned, does lack of sleep really cause weight gain?

The short answer is yes! Due to the profound effect lack of sleep has on our metabolism and hunger hormones, weight gain is one of the unfavorable side effects of long term sleep issues or insomnia.

In this article, I will dig deeper into the connection between weight gain, metabolism, and hormone imbalances that occur as a result of being sleep deprived.

Dr. Angela Walk

Natural Physician

Founder of Nashville Organix

How Does Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Studies show a clear association between sleep restriction and slowing our metabolism. The research revealed that adults who slept four hours a night, compared to those who slept 10 hours, had a significant increase in hunger and appetite.