I've seen topics on obesity cover these issues:
* Lack of Exercise/Inactivity
* Lack of 'Will Power'
* Improper Dietary Habits
But is there a link between Obesity
and Sleep deprivation?
Less sleep could mean more weight
Recent studies suggest that sleep deprivation plays a role in the secretion of appetite-regulating hormones, increasing levels of a hormone that
triggers hunger and reducing levels of one that signals fullness.
When we enter into R.E.M. sleep (deep sleep) this is the time where our bodies go into a 'self-healing' mode. All unnecessary motor functions are
slowed down; with the exceptions of cell repair, and hormonal adjustments. This is the 'Delta Stage' - when we dream.
Every individual functions differently with certain amounts of sleep time.
Though not reccommended, some people can get by with a minimal amount - 5, 4, and sometimes even 3 hours of sleep at night!
The less sleep we all have, chances are increased as to how 'less functional' or 'more cranky' we are the next day.
It is however, reccommended that we attain at least 8 hours of non-interrupted sleep at night.
Those midnight snacks or meals ingested 'just before bedtime' have a lot to do with it as well. Our parents (well at least mine did) told us that
we'd have nightmares if we ate a big meal, just before bedtime. Old wives tale? Mabey. Then again, concider the 'digestion nightmare' that our
bodies deal with when we 'literally' force it to break down food particles, while it's trying to go into a sleeping state.
As I had previously mentioned: All unnecessary motor functions are slowed down; with the exceptions of cell repair, and hormonal adjustments.
Instead of slowing our body down to a 'healing stage', we are essentially running our digestive motors on overtime; albeit much slowly, however, the
chances of storing more fat than usual, increases significantly. Hence, waking up with that 'bloated feeling'.
we sleep also determines our sleeping patterns. Tossing and turning throughout the night can be attibuted to: poor quality mattress,
surrounding noise, partners, etc.
A very overweight person may find him/herself using pillows or other comfortable means as 'more support' to alleviate 'pressure points', that
would otherwise contribute to bed sores, stiffness, and otherwise. The weight of an obese person would inevitably contribute to structural breakdown
of their bed - warped frame, bulging mattress, et al.