A complementary medicine research study published in American Journal of Health Promotion has shown that sleeping less than 7-hours per day may contribute to obesity. The research revealed that reduced sleep increases the consumption of sweetened beverages, sugar-filled drinks and carbonated drinks, all of which contribute to weight gain.

The study revealed that those who reported short sleep also engaged in:

  • secondary eating for an additional 8.7 minutes per day
  • an additional daily of secondary drinking of 28.6 minutes on work days
  • additional secondary drinking of 31.28 on weekends

So getting more than 7–hours of sleep every night is important lifestyle advice as it can help protect your mental health, physical health, and quality of life.