New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. We are all living in a strange time. On the one hand there is a section of the society which is facing diseases and death due to malnutrition, on the other hand World Health Organization statistics show that the worldwide obesity has increased almost three times since 1975. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults age 18 and older were overweight, of whom more than 650 million were obese. In 2016, 39 percent of adults aged 18 and older were overweight and 13 percent were obese. Abdominal obesity is rapidly becoming the cause of heart-related diseases in India.

Are overeating and lack of exercise the cause of obesity?

According to research, not only poor diet and lack of workout are the reasons for obesity, lack of sleep is also a big reason behind it. Belly fat also increases due to not sleeping on time or not taking good sleep. Researched online on June 1, 2021, by JAMA Network Open. In which 137,000 people from 26 countries participated. Of the participants who answered questions about their sleeping habits, about 14 percent said they slept in the middle of the night or after. Compared to bedtime between 8 pm and 10 pm, sleeping after this increases the risk of obesity or increased fat around the waist.

The risk is even greater in people who sleep between 2 am and 6 am. Sleeping for a long time during the day also increases the risk of gaining belly fat, especially in women. If you go to sleep before 10 o’clock, your risk of obesity is greatly reduced.

Does getting good sleep improve health?

Every person should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep for good health. But this does not mean that sleeping at any time of the day is right. According to a research, people who sleep late at night or get less sleep are at increased risk of obesity. At the same time, sleeping more during the day does not provide any benefit, but increases the risk of increasing belly fat. Particularly in women.

Edited By: Ruhee Parvez