When people lose sleep, they may compensate by overeating the next day, reports Gulf News. 

Led by King’s College London, the study found that sleep-deprived people consumed an average of 385 kilocalories extra the next day, which is equivalent to the calories of about four and a half slices of bread.

It seems harmless when this happens for a day or two but, over a period of time, a person not getting enough sleep will pack on the pounds as a result of increased calorie intake, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, consultant neuropsychiatrist and medical director at London Sleep Centre Dubai told Gulf News.

This can potentially lead to a higher risk of becoming obese and developing illnesses like diabetes, heart diseases and hypertension.

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