How Sleep Can Make You Fat

How sleep can make you fat woman hiding under sheet in bed

You might know that lack of sleep makes losing weight more difficult.

What you don’t know is that even if you get plenty of shut-eye, sleep can still play a major role in why you have trouble getting rid of extra fat.

This Is Personal

I’ve had sleep issues for as long as I can remember.

There have been times in my life where I lie in bed for hours getting little to no sleep, and other seasons where I could sleep 10 hours and still be exhausted the next day.

When I turned 30 I had an epiphany: I’m not some teenager who stays out late and sleeps into the afternoon simply because I’m irresponsible.

I determined to figure out what was going on.

Sleep still doesn’t always come easy for me, but it’s gotten a lot better.

I’m no expert, but one thing I learned on my journey was, whether you think you have sleep problems or not, it’s a topic you shouldn’t ignore.

That’s why I’m sharing a few things I learned from the real experts.

What To Know First

Before we get into how even “enough” sleep could be making you fat, it’s important to understand what LACK OF SLEEP does to you:

  • It increases your risk of chronic diseases, especially stroke and cancer. (As this study found.)

  • It can make you eat more calories. (This study says why.)

  • If you lose weight, 55% less of it will be fat, 60% more of it will be lean mass. (As in this study.)

Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep to avoid these pitfalls.

But let’s say you already sleep 8 or so hours every night. How could that sleep still contribute to weight gain?

More Than Quantity

Every bit as important as the number of hours you sleep each night is the quality of those hours.

Just because you’re in bed for 10 hours doesn’t mean you automatically wake up refreshed — ask any parents of a newborn.

If your sleep is constantly interrupted, even briefly, you don’t get the benefits of deep sleep. Which means 10 hours might be more like only getting 5.