A new French study reveals an increased risk of being overweight or obese among individuals who do not get enough sleep, according to a Free Malaysia Today report.

Published ahead of France’s National Sleep Day, March 27, the study includes data on 49,086 individuals and was carried out as part of the national NutriNet-Santé program, which collects health and nutrition data from volunteers online.

According to the results, the average French person sleeps six hours and 48 minutes per night, and one in three Frenchmen reported sleeping less than six hours. The majority of these light sleepers are working adults (61.2%) and young adults (30%). But “sleeping less than six hours in a 24 hour period means exposing oneself to risk of obesity, heart disease, accidents and depression,” observes INSV president Damien Léger.

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