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Do you know that people who sleep too little tend to be more overweight than those who get enough sleep night after night? Several studies have suggested the importance of sleep in maintaining a healthy weight.

One study published in the BMJ Journals has shown that people with less than seven hours of sleep each night have a higher body mass index than those who have more hours of sleep. Another study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which looked into the sleep patterns of 60,000 women for 16 years, has revealed that those who had less than five hours of sleep every night had a 30 percent risk of gaining 30 pounds, or at least three waistline sizes bigger.

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Sleep and Obesity: How are They Related?