The most cherished mornings in your household are likely those where you don’t have to set your alarm. So you probably don’t need another excuse for hitting the snooze button. But in case you were feeling guilty about it, a study conducted in South Korea for Sleep Journal found that sleeping in on the weekends could actually help you lose weight.
The whole point of sleeping in on the weekends is usually to catch up on all those hours of sleep you missed during the week due to work and other obligations. But according to researchers, you might have anther reason now for doing do. They say that study participants who slept more hours on the weekends had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 22.8, while those who didn’t engage in catch-up sleep averaged a BMI of 23.1.
They note this as a “small but statistically meaningful difference.”
“Short sleepers tend to eat more meals per day, snack more, engage in more screen time and may be less likely to move due to increased sensations of fatigue when not rested,” Jean-Philippe Chaput of the University of Ottawa in Canada told Reuters.
Health.com points out that setting an earlier bed time can be crucial to weight loss. “Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” David Rapoport, Associate Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, told Health.com. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.”
So not only will sleep boost your metabolism and therefore curb your appetite, but it’ll make you more willing to get up and move around, which is crucial, since exercise can contribute to helping you get a full night’s rest, too.
As if all of that didn’t already have you convinced to set your alarm for later, knowing precisely how many calories you burn while sleeping may do just the trick. According to FitDay, a person will burn approximately 0.42 calories for every pound in one hour of sleep. Meaning that a 150-pound person burns around 63 calories in one hour.
Better be sure to get at least the full seven to nine hours of recommended sleep, huh?