Sleep is an important aspect of our lives as it is a restorative process that recharges us for the next day.
Lack of sleep or restricted sleep hours can not only affect our mind but also hamper our body’s functioning. In relation to this, a recent study draws our attention to correcting our sleep habits if we haven’t been sleeping well.
According to the Journal of Lipid Research, Pennsylvania State University Researchers stated that even a few days of sleep depravation can result in an individual feeling less full even after eating. It also changes the way fat in food is metabolized.
Sleep depravation is known to have detrimental effects on metabolism. Pennsylvanian State Professor Orfeu Buxton and a senior author of the new study (published in the Journal) have conducted extensive research, proving that long-term sleep restriction can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes.
However, Buxton says that most of the studies have focused on glucose metabolism rather than digestion of lipids from food.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington Kelly Ness conducted a study to observe the impacts of insufficient sleep on eating habits.
Fifteen healthy men in their twenties were invited to participate in the study conducted by Ness.
As per the requirements of the study, participants had a restricted sleep time of five hours in the night, during the first five days of the study.
To check the impact of limited sleep hours on the participants’ metabolism, they were given dinner, which was high in fat – a bowl of chili macaroni.
“It was very palatable — none of our subjects had trouble finishing it — but very calorically dense,” Ness said.
However, most participants felt less satisfied after eating the rich meal, compared to when they felt full after a good amount of rest.
Researchers also compared blood samples from the study participants, concluding that lack of sufficient sleep affected the postprandial lipid response, which resulted in a faster clearance of lipids from the blood after a meal.
Hence, it is essential that we maintain good sleep habits to ensure good health overall.