Sleeping in late could cause you to pile on the pounds

By | March 27, 2019

Get up out of that bed and get out for a walk!

Look, every person who has ever worked knows the feeling.

You’ve just finished your work week, having made the daily trawl in to the office.

Your sleep pattern is absolutely banjaxed and by Thursday you’re just running on fumes and caffeine.

Then, the weekend hits and you turn back into the fuzzy cocoon in your favourite pajamas.


Hell, some of you are probably reading this in bed.

However, a new report has said that this actually is BAD for you.

A study has claimed that those who make up for lost sleep at the weekend are more at risk of gaining excess weight.

According to the findings, these people tend to snack more and have a higher risk of diabetes.

Carried out by the University of Colorado Boulder and published in the journal Current Biology, the study seems to show that consistently good sleep is vital for controlling weight and appetite.

The study was carried out by enlisting 36 healthy adults aged between 18 and 39.

These subjects then had them stay in a laboratory for two weeks.


During this time their food, light exposure, and sleep were monitored.


These people were divided between three groups.

The first group were getting nine hours’ sleep a night for nine days.

The second getting five hours’ sleep over the same amount of days and the third getting five hours’ sleep, over five nights but with the freedom to sleep as much as they want over the weekend.

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It was found that the latter groups snacked more at night, gained weight and showed declines in insulin activity, which is a key warning sign for diabetes.

But between the two sleep-deprived groups, the one with plenty of sleep over the weekend saw an average reduction of 27% in insulin activity while the other group saw just 13%.


“Our findings suggest that the common behavior of burning the candle during the week and trying to make up for it on the weekend is not an effective health strategy,” said senior author Kenneth Wright.