7 Bad Sleep Habits That Cause Weight Gain

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If you’ve been losing sleep at night worrying about why you can’t seem to lose weight, you may very well be sleeping with the enemy:  bad bedtime habits.

Research shows that sleep plays an important role in weight management. People who get adequate sleep have lower BMI indexes than people who don’t. Findings also suggest that not getting enough sleep can cause weight gain.

“When you have poor sleep or lack of sleep, you’re setting a whole cascade of events in motion hormonally that could set you up for weight gain,” said John M. Jakicic, director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh.