The Role of Sleep in the Control of Food Intake

Ari Shechter, Michael A. Grandner, Marie Pierre St-Onge

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Short sleep duration is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for obesity. Sleep is now considered 1 of the 3 lifestyle behaviors, along with diet and exercise, which are closely associated with health. If sleep duration is a causal factor in the etiology of obesity, it must affect energy intake and/or energy expenditure to create a positive energy balance. The preponderance of evidence to date points to an effect of sleep restriction on energy intake that exceeds the added energy costs of maintaining longer wakefulness. Observational studies describe greater intakes of energy, fat, and possibly carbohydrates in short sleepers and this is corroborated by clinical interventions. These intervention studies further provide mechanistic explanations, via alterations in hormonal and neuronal controls of food intake, for an association between short sleep and obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 26 2014


  • energy intake
  • obesity
  • sleep duration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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