Not Enough Sleep Can Make You Fat!

Reasons Why People Do Not Get Enough Sleep

Anyone who has ever spent a restless night trying unsuccessfully to sleep knows how lousy it feels to have to get up the next morning and go to work tired from having little or no sleep at all.

There are many reasons, both psychological and biological, why a person may not be able to get the sleep they need. Then there are the workaholics who simply over schedule their lives, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes because they have a compulsion to work so long as there is work to do.

When a person has financial problems, children, and more obligations than one person can manage, it can be hard to unwind or relax. While some people have difficulty relaxing, other people are simply not good at balancing work and other activities.

Sufficient Sleep Helps Keep You Smart & Healthy

This dog is making sure it gets enough sleep to stay trim and to keep it's brain working at optimum capacity.
This dog is making sure it gets enough sleep to stay trim and to keep it's brain working at optimum capacity. | Source

Signs That a Person Is Not Getting Enough Sleep

It turns out that lack of sleep is often the cause of some of the problems so many people must deal with everyday. After drinking some coffee or having a caffeinated soft drink most people probably think they have their tiredness under control, but they are experiencing a false sense of security.

Here are 6 things you probably never thought were sleep related that can in fact be caused by not getting enough sleep according to the Huffington Post; HuffPost Healthy Living:


* People who do not get enough sleep are often forgetful and have difficulty focusing. Not being alert, inability to concentrate, having difficulty learning, and getting easily confused are among many cognitive issues people suffer when they get too little “dream time.” Not being alert and able to think clearly can cause serious and embarrassing mistakes at work and elsewhere as well as accidents of all kinds. Some researchers have said that being deficient in sleep is as bad as being drunk.

* Being hungry even though you did not skip breakfast and may even have eaten recently can be caused by not enough sleep. Research shows that lack of sufficient sleep causes higher production of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger.

* You catch a cold and it hits you much harder than the people around you who have the same cold, plus it lingers on and on and you cannot seem to shake it. HuffPost Healthy Living reports that without sufficient sleep you are 3 times more likely to catch a cold or the flu, according to a 2009 study.

* You cry more easily over anything negative. According to HuffPost Healthy Living, a study reported in 2007 found that brains that had not received enough sleep were 60% more likely to react to unpleasant or disturbing images and words -- things one would normally control their emotions over.

* You become a klutz overnight. Clete Kushida, M.D., Ph,D., director of Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research stated in Prevention magazine that people who have gotten insufficient sleep “have slower and less precise motor skills.”

* Last, but not least, a lack of sleep can seriously decrease a person’s sex drive while increasing the hormone cortisol in a person’s system. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. There has been discussion of stress in the media of late that suggests there are different kinds of stress, both good and bad. Here I am referring to bad stress.

Get Enough Sleep & Protect Your Heart's Health

Protect your heart and your health in general.  Get the sleep you need.
Protect your heart and your health in general. Get the sleep you need. | Source

Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health Long Term

Health.Com reports that “the body repairs damaged tissue, produces crucial hormones, and strengthens memories—a process called consolidation, which helps you perform a new skill better after sleeping than you would if you spent an equivalent amount of time awake.” The concept of stabilizing new information and learning new things more easily when you include sufficient sleep is also discussed in my hub, “Biphasic Sleep – Makes You Smarter!” You can access this article in the right hand column of this hub below.

People who get fewer than 7 hours of sleep in 24 and who fail to get enough of the deepest stages of sleep are at 5 times higher risk for stroke and heart attack. That’s worth giving some serious thought.

Regularly getting enough quality sleep does so much to improve your health and keep you healthy that it should be a major point on your list of things that you do for yourself. The things you do to keep yourself healthy not only benefit you, but also the people who love you.

Ann Harding for Health.com also writes, “Sleep is crucial for good health. It helps memory and mood, keeps you trim, strengthens your immune system, fights inflammation, and keeps your heart and blood vessels in tip-top shape.”

‘"When you're sleeping you're regulating hormone levels, you're regulating insulin levels, your blood pressure is being kept under control, there are a lot of things going on, and if you're not getting enough sleep you're throwing these things out of whack,"’ says Shelby Freedman Harris, PsyD, director of behavioral sleep medicine at Montefiore Medical Center’s Sleep-Wake Disorders Center in New York City.”

How Much Sleep Do Sleep Experts Recommend?

Seven to nine hours of sleep out of every twenty-four hours is the recommended amount of sleep everyone should get to be healthy and well rested.

Sleep Chart from SleepFoundation.Org

This chart is a guide to how much sleep most people in each age group need.
This chart is a guide to how much sleep most people in each age group need. | Source

Developing Good Sleep Habits Is Essential

The encouragement of regular sleep is known as ‘sleep hygiene.’ Here is a list of sleep hygiene habits that can help you improve your sleep.

National Sleep Foundation recommendations:

Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.

Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, relaxing environment, neither too hot nor too cold.

Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.

Physical activity may help promote sleep, but not within a few hours of bedtime.

It is usually best not to shower just before bed, although some people find a warm bath relaxing.

Suggestions To Help You Get To Sleep

Avoid large meals before bedtime, and especially avoid eating foods that you know will give you heartburn or acid reflux. Very often just the act of overeating, regardless of what food it is, will cause acid reflux. I personally recommend that you not eat during the last 2 hours before bedtime, especially high fat foods. If you frequently suffer from acid reflux or indigestion, you may want to make it 3 hours.

Avoid watching programs that you find upsetting on television within the last 2 hours before bedtime. Also, avoid talking on the phone, reading email, or chatting online with people who tend to upset you

Develop a bedtime routine. It need not be complicated and should not be more than 10 to 20 minutes or so. Research has proven that going through the same motions every time just before sleep time helps the body and mind prepare for sleep.

Sit in your favorite easy chair and read a few verses from a favorite poem, from the Bible, or just look at some pretty nature pictures. Things that will not upset you, but that will give you a sense of calm and security. Brush your teeth, take down your hair, put on your pajamas or whatever you like to sleep in, turn back your bedcovers, fluff your pillow, etc. Simple things that do not have to take a lot of time, but that tell your body and mind that it is again time to relax and put the concerns of the conscious world out of your mind for a while and sleep.

If your hungry at bedtime, Dr. Oz has recommended drizzling some olive oil over a couple of slices of wheat bread and eating that. It should be just enough to rid you of feeling hungry so that you can get to sleep and stay that way.

For more tips on getting a better sleep, access the articles in the reference section below.

More About Sleep and Sleep Patterns

A while back I wrote several articles on sleep referring to how we sleep and how the way we sleep has changed drastically in modern times since the light bulb was invented. For centuries people slept in segments, but since we have been able to light up the night we have been trying to force ourselves to adopt unnatural sleep patterns. I think these unnatural sleep patterns contribute to bad stress and make it even more difficult to get to sleep and to obtain sufficient sleep.

It is possible that trying to force ourselves to sleep in unnatural sleep patterns is the biggest part of the problem when it comes to insomnia or inability to sleep even when we are dead tired. Some people have been able to resolve their sleep problems simply by going to a biphasic sleep pattern. You will find links to my other articles on the subject of sleep in the right hand margins of this article.

If you are a person who has experienced trouble sleeping, please share any solutions that have helped you in the comments section below. What has helped you may help someone else.

References

Tips for getting to sleep and sleeping better

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20407230,00.html


Health advantages of a good night’s sleep

http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20573185,00.html


CDC Table For How much Sleep a Person Should Get Nightly

http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.htm

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Au fait 11 months ago from North Texas Author

Nadine May, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this article! Good to see you again and hope all is well with you. Yes, a lack of sleep causes all sorts of problems and so does too much sleep. Everything can be so complicated! Take care . . .


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Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Interesting I have never heard that lack of sleep can result in weight gain! For years I have a regular pattern. I go to bed around midnight and read first before I fall asleep. I hate having any gadgets in my bedroom, but my husband has. I usually wake up between 7 or 8, but when I go to bed say around 11, I wake up around 5 to 6 to early so then I read in bed and often fall asleep for a short period. Only lately for the last 5 years have I add a few kilos, so your headline drew me.


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Au fait 12 months ago from North Texas Author

Paula (fpherj48), glad you like the dog. :) Happy New Year to you too!!


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I see 3 years ago that I commented on the dog! That really is a classic picture! It cracked me up again. That silly dog reminds me of myself actually. When I'm tired, I can sleep anywhere , on anything & in any position! Wishing you a "Happy New Year," Au fait! Paula


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

Au fait, I am back to re-read this, as I never seem to get sleepy, going to bed at 2am, I wake by 6 or 7 am. (except for last night, I went to bed by 11:30 and I was up at 4 am) and tonight will be hard to stay awake past 12am.

Blessings and Hugs my dear friend


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Peachpurple, thank you for stopping in. Don't worry, it won't be much longer and your son will want to sleep all the time, especially in the morning.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks, i told my boy he needs ten hrs of sleep but he argued with me. He is 8 yrs old


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing this hub! Yes, and we're getting a little taste of what's ahead today and the next few days here in North Texas. Just getting revved up. Be sure to list your website on your profile page so we can all have a look at it, and then be sure to write about your experience so we can all learn from that too.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

I have been burning the candle at both ends of late because I am in the learning process of how to develop my own website. Much to learn! Thought that I would give this good hub of yours another share. Enjoy the cooler weather! We both know what lies ahead!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Aesta1, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! I think for people not in the habit of showering before bed will find a shower exhilarating rather than restful. However, if it is your habit to shower before bed, then it's part of your routine and skipping any part of your routine, or even doing things out of order, might well have the opposite affect as usual because your mind will not rest thinking something has been left undone.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I never thought lack of sleep makes you fat. I know I am not in good shape when I lack sleep. You recommended not to shower before bed but my experience is the opposite. If I don't take a shower before bed, I won't be able to sleep.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for sharing this article too! Not enough sleep eventually causes all kinds of health problems, and before that are memory and judgment problems and even trouble with one's reflexes. I've read that some scientists even believe it's worse to drive sleepy than to drive drunk!


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ladyguitarpicker 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Thanks I'll read the next one tonight when I can't sleep. I am doing better or maybe its finally going to pass.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Ladyguitarpicker, thank you for reading this article and sharing your personal issues with sleep. I would recommend to you also, as I have Brigitte above, that you read my article titled "Is It Insomnia, or Just Your Body Trying to Act Naturally? Segmented Sleep Patterns." I think you will see that your current sleep habits are natural and normal and knowing that may help remove any stress you may have about maintaining a biphasic sleep pattern. I have gone through similar things to what you described in your comment and so I can definitely sympathize. Glad things are better for you now. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Brigitte Thompson, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this article and share your experience and frustration over this issue with me and my readers! I hope you will succeed in getting some regular sleep. You might like to have a look at my article: "Is It Insomnia, or Just Your Body Trying to Act Naturally? Segmented Sleep Patterns." I wrote the article about segmented sleep patterns because I hoped it would help people realize that their bodies are trying to act naturally and that knowing that might lower the stress levels and frustrations so many people experience. I have my own problems with sleep, but it helps to me to know it is our culture that is to blame more than anything else. I can then work around the culture and to some extent control how much it affects me and my sleep patterns.

Happy Holidays!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Pstraubie48, thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment! Yes, somehow we all survive those youthful years when we live on very little sleep.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing this article! Indeed, lack of sleep is the cause of many woes, both health related and otherwise. I'm told driving tired is worse than driving drunk.

Yes, this year is nearly gone. Hard to believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and just a few days later it will be 2015 . . .


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DeborahDian 2 years ago from Orange County, California

There are so many health issues that can be connected to a lack of sleep, including certain types of temporary psychosis and dementia. Americans have a bad reputation for trying to get by on too little sleep. Perhaps we all need to look at our sleeping habits more carefully. I have shared this with others. Important information.


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ladyguitarpicker 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, first I want to tell you I love the picture of the dog. I liked your Hub and found it to be interesting to me. I have had a sleep problem for the last couple of years. I am doing better now. I have a cpap machine. It has worked wonderful in that it does not take hours to fall asleep. I only sleep about 3 hrs get up read or use the computer for an hour and go back to bed for another 2 to 3 hours. This is heaven I use to stay up for 24 hrs and then crash for a day. Thanks for a great hub. Stella


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Brigitte Thompson 2 years ago from Austin, TX

You are so right. As a single mom I had to work long hours and in some cases two jobs to take care of my children. Over time-- That turned into becoming a workaholic. As I grew in my successes, I found that I could not stop working and with the age of the internet, contributed to allowing me to work longer and longer hours -- I continued down this path of more work and less sleep. I noticed gaining more and more weight and I am not a snacker. Why am I gaining weight? Is it diet? Is it Stress? Is it lack of exercise? While all those things do contribute to weight gain -- I started eating healthier, I managed to workout 20 minutes day, I even found time to relax and destress. But nothing worked. I have read several articles about getting enough sleep and the importance of healing your body while at rest. When I do finally hop into bed--my brain will not shut down, and a hundred things start rattling around on things I need to be doing. Aruggh... so I started writing down my list of things to do and I keep a note pad on my nightstand, I purchased a white noise machine and I started setting an alarm on my smart phone to remind me to stop working and go to bed !!! lol Thanks for sharing this well written Hub. I will focus on its content as I work on "training" myself to fall asleep.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

You covered this topic so well, Au fait. It is a slippery slope we travel when we deny our weary bones and brains the rest it needs.

How did I ever survive college? Up half the night, night after night...O my.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

With the holidays and New Year fast approaching, I will bet that there are many people not getting a good night's sleep by trying to do too much during waking hours. Reading this may give them pause for thought about the importance of getting the right amount of sleep. Sharing once again. Hope you are enjoying this last month of December.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Lady_E, thank you for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed!


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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

Wow... this is extremely useful to read.

Brilliant health hub.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this article and for your high praise. I don't get enough sleep during the week either and by the end of the week I'm shattered. Hope you're getting more sleep than me . . .


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Already pinned to my Health related board and will now add this to the Awesome Hubpages board. I need to get more sleep! :)) Excellent article.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for stopping by. Not getting enough sleep is a big problem for a lot of people in this country for sure.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

This is such an important topic, because so many people have trouble getting enough sleep. If they can't sleep and they are gaining weight, they can get themselves into a vicious cycle.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Clyde. I hope you don't have nightmares imagining that in addition to not being able to sleep you are also gaining weight, although that is a real possibility. Other people who have difficulty sleeping have recommended to me (I have had a murderous time trying to sleep the last few weeks) taking a Tylenol an hour or so before bedtime. I haven't tried it, but it may be worth a try. If it works it would be a God send.


Clyde 2 years ago

I thought about this hub when I could not sleep last night.

thought I would tell you that.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for pinning this article! Yes, getting enough sleep can make a difference in what the scale says after Christmas . . . Merry Christmas to you also!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I'll bet many people this time of year especially are sleep deprived. I know that I am guilty! Going to pin this to my Do you know this? board. Merry Christmas! Only 6 days away!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting and sharing this article. Getting enough rest as well as a healthful diet and reasonable exercise are so important in maintaining one's health. It's worth it just to feel good instead of being tired and headachy and all the negative things that accompany an unhealthy lifestyle.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Every New Year's, millions of people go on a diet in the hope of losing weight. Many of them, however, will continue to go without adequate sleep, which makes weight loss almost impossible. I'm happy to pass this article along to my followers, again, as a reminder that we need to get enough sleep if we want to stay healthy!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for coming back to review this article. I have given up ever getting enough sleep again, though breaking it into segments helps some.

Trying to keep a regular sleep schedule is a problem for me. The last few days I've been asleep by 8 PM or so, and then getting up in the wee hours before I have to get ready for work and coming here to answer comments. I'm trying to stick to that schedule even though I don't have to go to work in the morning.

Hope everything's well at your house and will talk soon.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for reading, voting on, and commenting on this hub! You are always appreciated.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

My lack of sleep or sleeping to much, tells me I need to re-read this.

I hope that you are getting enough sleep Au fait. I will talk to you soon, my friend.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sleep is so important for ones health and if ignored it can be a problem which many individuals don't take seriously, a well thought of hub and you always write informative hubs. Thanks for this hub. Voted up and useful


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake, for 'Scooping' this article! I have noted you 'Scoop-it' with different hubs and I have never heard of 'Scoop-it' before you brought it to my attention. I still don't know anything about it and I'm betting a lot of other people don't either. I suggest you write a hub all about it so we will all know what it is and what it's benefits are . . . :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Came back for another look will post on Scoop-it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for sharing and tweeting this article! I am always short of sleep. Always.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Sharing this good article again and will also tweet it. I could certainly have used more sleep last night!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you mbwalz, for reading and sharing your experience on this subject. I agree that many children and teenagers are overbooked nowadays. The school district here where I live doesn't start high school until 9 AM, so the kids get a little longer to sleep if they get to bed at a reasonable time to begin with. Agree that most people in our society (including me) do not get nearly enough sleep. Thank you for sharing this article!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, sharing your experience with this subject, tweeting, and sharing this article on FB and with followers!

Scientists have said that driving when a person is dog tired is just as bad as driving drunk. Operating equipment is the same deal. I know I feel horrible when I'm tired. Agree that getting older makes it harder to function when tired.


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mbwalz 3 years ago from Maine

Excellent article. My girls and I have a chronic health issue that makes us tired. Way before I even knew I had it, I was a sleeper and napper. My husband had to learn to let me nap or I would just be a bear! LOL

One of my greatest concerns with today's culture for kids is that they are over booked and don't get enough sleep, nor do they have regular sleep routines. And just when they need a lot, teens are forced into an abnormal circadian rhythm - getting up for early school starts and then lots of activities, homework, and then socializing on-line. I don't thing those activities are a problem, just the forced timing of them.

I do Reiki and during a session, it puts the client into that restorative place like sleep does (meditation does the same) so the body can calm down and repair and heal. But enough sleep with consistency would go a long way to help calm and heal our population!

Thanks for this important article. Oh, and awesome graphic - very funny!! Sharing!!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

This is once again an awesome, well-researched hub which I found very interesting and useful. I never really gave much thought to the idea of people getting fat from lack of sleep. I thought it was just the opposite. Since I have been getting older, I have discovered that I need more sleep to function well during the day. Up until the age of 45 or 50, I could function with as little as 5-6 hours of sleep per night. Now that I'm well into my 60s, I need at least 8 hours and feel great with 9. The hardest time for me sleeping was when I was in the military working rotating shifts. I remember working a rotating eve watch, day watch, and mid watch with 56 hours off for a period of 5 months which wasn't fun. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this hub! Glad you like the photo. ;)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

I have already shared this great article but will now pin it to my Health related subjects board. Cute photo at the top!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Careermommy, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. Do hope you will spend some time with your children unwinding every day and getting to sleep with a calm mind so that you will all feel rested afterward.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

JayeWisdon, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I hope you found some worthwhile info here. I, too, am a night owl, but I must be up at 4:30 AM and at work by 6 AM just the same. I'm so glad you can get the sleep you need now. It's horrible to go to work and be wore out even before the day begins.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, voting on and sharing this hub! I'm like you when it comes to sleep. It seems like I get a good/fair sleep about every 3 nights or so, and I can sleep like a log during the day too! Trouble is I have to go to work and that is very inconvenient to my sleep. ;)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you seanorjohn for reading and commenting and also for voting on this article. I used to think less sleep would help lose weight too, but as it turns out sleep has many purposes besides repairing the body and helping to maintain one's sanity (assuming it ever existed). ;)


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Au fait, this is really helpful. I don't get enough sleep and know that I need to. I was also wondering how much sleep my kids should get so your sleep chart was very helpful. Thank you for sharing this hub.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I must have missed this the first time around. Glad to have another chance, as it's an excellent hub with very important information.

Although I'm a night owl, I'm also retired from my "real" career, so if I stay up late, I can sleep in most mornings to ensure I get at least 7--sometimes 8--hours of sleep. Even my dog likes to sleep in, so she's not worrying me to get up early. Ha-ha.

I worked so many years with a sleep deficit because I had insomnia--probably because of a stressful job, but still had to jump out of bed when the alarm clock rang early, that it's a pleasure to now get ample sleep (for the past eight years). I hope it's helping me!

Voted Up++

Jaye


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seanorjohn 3 years ago

Brilliant article. This really surprised me as I would have thought lesss sleeep would have the opposite effect. Voted up and interesting


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I try to get enough sleep but there are nights when I see the sun come up. Once the sun is up I fall asleep like a baby. Interesting hub voted up and shared. I always know when I haven't slept enough the old sofa calls me to lay down and relax.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting on this hub! Naps are good! ;)


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Ahhh! Great information about the importance of getting enough sleep. After reading this, I think I will take a nap! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rasta1 for reading and commenting on this hub. When one sleeps isn't so important as getting enough sleep, as this hub pointed out.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Very interesting article. I try to sleep during the night in order to boost energy levels in the day.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you vespawoolf, for reading and commenting on this hub, and for sharing your experience and solutions for sleep issues.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

There are some seriously bad side effects to not getting enough sleep! I'm happy to say that my husband and I sleep well and keep a regular bedtime routine as you suggest. At times during my life I've felt my sleep wasn't deep enough, so from time-to-time I take Melatonin for a while to correct my sleep pattern. This was a great, informative read. Thanks!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting Shyron. You may have to ignore your hunger pangs more often if you don't get enough sleep. Makes thinking clearly difficult too. Lots of disadvantages to not getting enough sleep, both physical and emotional, and mental disadvantages.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I tried regulating my sleep schedule. Did not work, so I guess I will gain weight.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Abdul, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I hope the information here will be helpful to you and that it will keep you in great shape and super smart!


Abdul 4 years ago

Not Enough Sleep Can Make You Fat!

Dear Friend, i read this artcile, very infomative and i have learned lessons to sleep well, because i sleep only for 5 hours and i am getting fatter..i daily walking fr 1/2 hr..but also not coming down...thanks a lot

Abdul - Doha


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for reading, commenting, and sharing this hub! I did think the affects of not getting enough sleep were both interesting and amazing, which is what inspired me to write this hub. Who knew that lack of sleep could make you hungry?


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

jamesball, thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed.


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jamesbali 4 years ago from London

very interesting; thanks for sharing!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is an excellent article regarding the actual NEED for good restful sleep each night...and enough of it. Some people seem to get along on less, but they may be paying the price with some of these side effects that might take years off of their lives, or certainly affect it adversely like having heart attacks and strokes. Up, useful, interesting and will share.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron for stopping by and sharing your experience. I just might write about that subject you suggested one of these days.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

This is a great hub for people like me. I think I get enough sleep, but I do have some of the symptoms you describe.

You could write more about sleep deprivation, a very interesting subject.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by DDE. There is a list of symptoms people suffer when they're not getting enough sleep posted in this hub. I found some of them surprising and that's what inspired me to write this hub.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Shyron!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Thanks Au fait, I will try to get more sleep.


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is very important for one to have enough sleep, lack of sleep keeps the individual tired, and restless, and off course moody. These tips should be considered.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Not sleeping increases the hormone that makes you feel hungry, which in turn causes a lot of people to eat more of what is often unhealthy quick foods. So you may not lose weight sleeping, but may very well gain weight, an lots of it, by not sleeping.

Thanks for your comments Shyron!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

If we could lose weight by sleeping, I would be skinny.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you fpherj48 for reading and commenting and voting, etc., I enjoy your sense of humor. Yes, I have given people an excuse for being fat and stupid if that is their choice, but if they happen to be that way and don't know why, I've also given them a solution -- I hope -- so that they don't have to stay that way. Wouldn't it be fantastic if instead of exercise and starving, one could lose weight by simply sleeping late a few days a week? ;)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, tillsontitan. I often have the racing mind problem myself. Yes, you can blame excess weight on not getting enough sleep as well as on too much stress -- and the two often go hand in hand and feed on each other.

Do your best to train yourself to leave your worries and concerns outside the bedroom door, just as you leave your personal problems at home and your work issues at work. Try to think of something that relaxes you -- or bores you -- when your head touches the pillow. Also, some quiet, soothing music in the bedroom might help too.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Deepak Chaturvedi, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for your support, Shyron!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You write really great hubs....."Sleep" seems to be a popular subject. I LOVE the dog! I have felt like him often!.....Now look at what you've gone and done, Au fait......you've given "fat, stupid" people an excuse for being fat and stupid!!! "I just don't get enough sleep!" (kidding...really) LOL......I truly enjoyed your hub....UP+++


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your hubs are always chock full of statistics and references. You definitely do your research Au Fait! So I can blame my weight gain on not getting enough sleep....I like that idea ;) I'm like sgbrown. When I get in bed my mind starts racing. Maybe I'll have to amp up my routine!

Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comments sgbrown! I hope you will take note of the symptoms of not enough sleep too, so that if you experience them you'll know you need a few more Z's. ;)


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Your article is an eye opener for us.Good work thanks to share.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I am back to refresh before bedtime. Reading makes me sleepy.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have tried to create a routine, which does seem to help. It usually takes me 1-2 hours to go to sleep after I have gone to bed. I just can't turn off my brain. I will definitely try some of your suggestions. Voting up++ and sharing! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron! I hope this hub helps a lot of people to resolve different problems they probably didn't even know were connected to lack of sleep.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Om Paramapoonya, thank you for your comments and high rating! I hope this hub will help solve some of the problems some people may be experiencing as a result of sleep deprivation.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I learn more every time I read your hubs.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Great hub! I think the majority of us, modern citizens, are sleep-deprived. (Perhaps that's why Starbucks has been doing so well!) Thanks for reminding us how important sleep is to our overall health. I like your tips on how to get to sleep as well. Rated way up!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you bdegiulio, for reading, commenting, and sharing, etc.!

I recommend you read my other hubs on sleep -- "Is It Insomnia," etc. and "Biphasic Sleep." They may be the answer to staying asleep. I usually sleep for only 3, sometimes 4 hours at a time. Now that I know that's normal, it's easier for me to work with it.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Sometimes memory issues have causes other than lack of sleep, but it's nice to know that a lot of people's ability to learn, comprehend, remember, etc., can be addressed with more sleep. Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, Shyron!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you pinkchic for reading and commenting on my hub! Hope you catch up on your sleep soon.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great advice and suggestions. My problem is not falling asleep but staying asleep. It seems that my body wants to wake up after 5 to 6 hours or so. I always feel like I could have used that extra hour but my body just doesn't allow it.

Great job, VU, etc... sharing.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you joanveronica, for reading and commenting on my hub! Agree that our hubs do indeed compliment each other well. You have a lot of great ideas on how to get to sleep. I hope my readers who have a problem with that will check our your hub.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Another great hub. I could sleep 20 out of 24 if not disturbed or have other things to do, but alas I sleep about 7 regularly, even in the hospital, but that was because the nurses came in every 2 hours to check vitals.

As for helping my memory, I don't know about that.

Anyway I love your hub, voting you up and awesome!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Brett.Tesol for reading, commenting, sharing, tweeting, & pinning! I didn't know about the affects of not getting enough sleep before either, and that's why I wanted to share that info when I found it.

Yes, I can be a bit wordy sometimes . . . ;)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Jamie Brock for reading and commenting on my hub! I know what you mean about feeling really horrible when you don't get enough sleep. I've never been very good at going without sleep even in my teens and early 20s. I could do it, but it wasn't fun.

Mainly, I wanted to bring the symptoms of a lack of sleep to everyone's attention. So often people suffer these symptoms and don't know what's causing them. Nice to know that something so simple as a few more hours sleep can correct some of these problems, but of course one has to do more than 'know it,' a person must actually get the sleep. Sometimes easier said than done.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Liz-reviews, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! You're right in that we all seem to take the need for enough sleep for granted and not consider it a serious issue. It's amazing isn't it? How different the world looks when you've had a good sleep?

Welcome to hubpages!


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting! I'm always feeling short on sleep, I'll use some of these tips.


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi AF, nice Hub on an important topic! A good read, clear and interesting, and I totally agree! Well done! Have you seen the one I wrote on the same topic? I think the two articles complement each other very well. Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a good day!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

A very useful hub! I didn't know that not getting enough sleep effected so many areas. I personally feel best on about 7, but prefer to get 10 when I can lol.

Shared, up, interesting, pinned and tweeted.

P.S. I think you took first place for my LONGEST comment ever received (on the law degree hub - from memory) .... thank you so much for taking the time to leave that!!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you billybuc for reading and commenting on my hub! I'm glad you are using some of the suggestions for getting a good night's sleep written about here successfully, and yes before I wrote about them. Most of this is not new. What I think is new, is the side affects discovered to be caused by not enough sleep.

For some people it may be nice to discover that their bad memory and difficulty learning certain things may be corrected with a few good night's sleep instead of imagining the onset of something terrible like Alzheimer's.

Thank you again, Bill, for sharing what works for you. You validate what I'm saying and you may well help someone who isn't sure how to proceed to get a good sleep and stop the tossing and turning.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you blissful writer for commenting on my hub. Yes, lack of sleep does mess up your hormones and make you feel hungry.

I tried to leave a comment on several of your hubs but there was no comment section in any of your hubs that I read. Thanks again for stopping by.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Sunnie Day. I was surprised to learn the various symptoms of not getting enough sleep and I think I suffer most if not all of them much of the time. It's is a bit of a comfort to now my trouble remembering things is more due to lack of sleep than to age! ;)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Not getting enough sleep really can affect us in so many ways... I have realized just how important sleep is now that I'm older... It's funny, when I was younger, I could stay up all night and it didn't phase me a bit and seemed to function just fine the next day but now I just can not do it. If I miss a lot of sleep, I feel terrible the next day. In fact, seems like it takes me a couple days to recover. Great hub with lots of useful information. Thank you for sharing :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes, thank you for reading and commenting. You make an interesting observation. I rather suspect people who are overweight are eating when they should be doing a good many other things. Still, it's nice to have justification for taking naps!

xx ;)


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Liz-reviews 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Great hub with lots of useful info. Its probably amazing how many people take the whole sleep thing for granted. I tend to push my limits sometimes staying up longer than normal when I get caught up in something and definitely have paid for it the next day.

voted useful & voted up

Liz


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Terrific suggestions and information. I happen to sleep like a baby each and every night. I have developed a routine, like you suggest, and I sleep seven hours each night. Up at the same time every day, in bed at the same time each night, and my body flows with the routine and schedule....and with enough sleep, everything you said is true. I show none of the warning signs or problems.

Great job my friend!


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

It is true that sleep deficiency can result in weight gain. I have a Hub about how it dysregulates hormones.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Great hub and I do agree with your findings...I have had so much trouble sleeping the older I have gotten...broken sleep mostly...less hours spent on sleeping. Thank you for offering some sound advice..

Sunnie


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Mayber fatties are fat because they are awake eating when they should be in noddyland!

I resemble this observation!

Good and useful hub Misty xo

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