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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,658
10/7/13 7:56 P

Recommendation for adults suggests at least 7 hours nightly.
Do you notice yourself being overly tired, exhausted??

Becky

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10/7/13 7:50 P

I put in a full day with a toddler, and then homeschooling two older kids, along with regular house things, and then helping with my mother. Then I am in graduate school full time at night, year round. So, that's usually the lack of sleep, studying. I don't watch tv :) Or do much entertainment things I can cut. But! Now that I know I will try to do better. How much sleep should I be getting?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,658
10/7/13 4:40 P

For most people 5 hours of sleep = sleep deprivation which increases your hunger hormones which usually leads to more cravings for fatty-sweet type foods which increases calories consumed and has been identified as a key concern which results in weight gain.

So...Begin by evaluating why you are only getting 5 hours of sleep and try to find ways to downsize so you can get more. Begin with "EST" = entertainment screen time. TV, computer fun, facebook, even Sparkpeople.

OR...are there daily responsibilities that others in your family can assist with. Children doing the dishes, dusting, vacuuming, walking the dog, etc.

Just an idea.
Becky
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10/7/13 2:55 P

It does matter, but not in a direct ratio.

If you are awake and active, you will burn more calories than if you are sleeping. However, sleep deprivation affects your metabolism, so you may not be burning calories as efficiently, or growing muscle mass as well from exercise, than if you were sleeping enough.

Lack of sleep also affects your hunger and fullness "trigger" hormones, so you may experience more food cravings and difficulty sticking to an eating plan if you are chronically getting less than 7 hours of sleep. Finally, lack of sleep undermines your mental ability and "willpower" to make healthy choices.

I think, overall, sleeping 5 hours in 24 over the long run, will make you burn less calories and/or eat more than you realize, rather than increase your calorie burn.

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10/7/13 2:22 P

Like most of us, I am super busy. This affects my sleep, so some days I might get as little as 5 hours of sleep, and then once or twice a month I might get between 8-10 hours. Usually it is somewhere in the middle. So, my question is, does this affect my calories? Do I need more if I'm up 20 hours than on days I'm awake 16? Or does this not matter?

Thanks!

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