Common hormone imbalances associated with sleep problems:
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Multiple studies have shown that sleeping less than 7 hours a night is associated with weight gain and obesity. The largest study on sleep and weight is the Nurses' Health Study which followed 68,183 nurses starting in 1986 for 16 years. Compared to women sleeping 7 hours a night, women sleeping 6 hours have a 12% increased chance of gaining 15 kg (32 pounds). Women sleeping 5 hours have a 32% increased chance of gaining 15 kg (32 pounds).
The mechanisms by which reduced sleep contributes to weight gain include:
Sleep hygiene are habits around going to bed and sleep. The following sleep habits have been shown to help sleep quality: