A CBS Atlanta news report discusses a study that found people who are obese or have weight-related health problems have increased amounts of “social jet lag,” which can be measured in people’s sleep patterns.

The study found that people with a greater discrepancy in their sleep patterns were more likely to be obese and metabolically unhealthy.

“Social jet lag can lead to similar symptoms as those caused by travel jet lag,” Michael Parsons, one of the authors of this study, told LiveScience. “Unlike travel-induced jet lag, which can cause temporary problems with metabolism, social jet lag can occur chronically throughout an individual’s working life.

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