(WTNH) — We all know how important it is to get enough sleep, especially for teenagers. But a new study shows that when they go to sleep is just as important.
A new study from UC Berkley found that teenagers who go to bed late are at a higher risk of gaining weight because they’re more likely to grab for junk food late at night.
“This is the first study of its kind to look at the relationship between bed times and weight gain, above and beyond the sleep duration. So, you’re more likely to gain weight going to bed at 2 a.m. then you are at 9 p.m., regardless of how much sleep you’re getting,” said Study Author Lauren Asarnow.
Most young people are going to bed late. The study looked at 3,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24. Sixty percent of them go to bed after 11 p.m. According to the study, this is the kind of effects that can have: On average, a 5’5″ female who weighs 132 pounds will gain about 12 pounds throughout her adolescence if she goes to bed late.