Sleeping more as a way to lose weight

Obes Rev. 2006 Aug;7(3):295-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2006.00262.x.


Caloric consumption in a society with readily available food is likely to be approximately proportional to the number of hours of being awake. Thus, replacing 1 h of inactive wakefulness (e.g. watching TV), with sleeping is likely to result in a substantial reduction in caloric intake. Calculations are presented to illustrate the possible benefits of such a switch on weight reduction.

MeSH terms

  • Energy Intake
  • Humans
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Television
  • Time Factors
  • Weight Loss / physiology*