Find out why lack of sleep may negatively affect weight loss by increasing the likelihood of weight gain through increased caloric consumption.
New research is bolstering how important sleep is for a healthy weight. When you’re awake between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., you’re more likely to take in extra calories, says a study from the University of Pennsylvania. People ate an average of 553 more calories when they were kept awake until the early morning. But a lack of sleep affects more than just late-night eating. Next time you’re tempted to burn the midnight oil, resist the urge. Here’s why: