Published: Sat 19 December 2015 at 12am PST Sat 19 Dec 2015 at 12am PST
Sleeping less than 7 hours a night may mean that people are eating and drinking more, contributing to obesity, says research published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
People who lack sleep are also more likely to eat while doing activities like watching TV.
The association between short sleep and obesity is already known, but the present study focuses on a new aspect of the association between sleep and obesity: whether short sleep is linked to more time spent in secondary eating or drinking.
"Secondary eating and drinking" refers to eating or drinking beverages other than water, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, while primarily engaged in another activity, such as watching television.
Dr. Gabriel S. Tajeu, of the University of Alabama, Birmingham's (UAB) Department of Epidemiology, and colleagu...