Poor sleep makes you fat and weak by changing your DNA
Sleeping badly or working night shifts could be making you fat, weak and more likely to become diabetic.
A study has revealed short or restless sleep changes the way people’s DNA works and makes the body more dedicated to storing fat. Muscles get smaller and fat stores begin to rise when people lose as little as one night’s sleep, the experts found.
Researchers have linked losing sleep to weight gain in the past but have found it difficult to explain – now they reveal it could be linked to the body clock. And a tired body also becomes less able to handle sugar in the blood which raises the risk of someone developing type 2 diabetes.
The discovery could be important in helping to combat expanding waistlines around the world which are contributing to serious disease and early deaths.