There is evidence that poor sleep increases belly fat risk. Sleep length has been linked to abdominal obesity in several studies. Insufficient sleep may cause belly obesity in several ways:
Sleep regulates hunger and satiety hormones. Sleep deprivation can affect hormones like leptin and ghrelin. This imbalance can increase hunger, especially for high-calorie foods, which can lead to weight gain and belly fat.
Lack of sleep increases the desire for sugary, fatty, and calorie-laden foods. Overeating and abdominal weight gain can result.
Stress: Sleep deprivation raises cortisol levels. Chronically high cortisol levels cause belly fat. Stress can cause emotional eating and bad dietary choices.
The association between sleep and belly fat is complicated and affected by genetics, lifestyle, and health. The evidence implies a link, but further research is needed to understand the mechanisms.
To maintain a healthy weight and prevent the risk of belly obesity, prioritize proper sleep hygiene, including receiving enough quality sleep each night. A healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. A healthcare professional can provide specific advise on weight and sleep issues.