Not getting enough sleep can have more side effects than just drowsiness and irritability during the day — it can also cause you to gain several pounds of weight per year.
An infographic by Sleep Genius, a scientifically based app designed to help people improve their sleep health, shows how a lack of sleep can affect your metabolism and eating habits.
It’s generally recommended that people sleep for seven to nine hours a night, but nearly 40% of Americans get less than that.
Those who do get the recommended amount of sleep per night can actually lose weight — up to 15 pounds in just eight weeks. But those who only sleep six hours a night can put on 14 pounds of extra weight in a year.
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