When my cortisol was really high, I couldn't get to sleep before 3 or 4 a.m. most every night. Since I lost about 30 lb and my levels lowered, I am still a night owl though, but mostly stay up until 12 midnight or 1 a.m. now. I would classify my weight as "normal" now.
i don't think it is the staying that does it.<br>
But if you work 2nd or 3rd shift, and have late dinners that you are more likely due to the fact that our bodies natural metabolism slows down after 8 pm. That is why peolpe always say don't eat after 8.<br>
I used to work 2nd shift and didn't eat dinner until 10 sometimes 11, and the weight gain was tremendous.<br>
Stopped eating after 8, and watched the pounds melt off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br>
It's really weird.<br>
My DH too. Skinny as can be.<br>
Never used to work 2nd shift, and once he did gained 30 pounds in 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!
I heard of a study that said that people who get 10 hours of sleep a night tend to be thinner than those who get less than 8. This is a very loose interpetation of what I read, but I can't remember the exact wording. I only get 8 hours of sleep on a good day. I can't sleep for 8 hours at a stretch and even when I try to sleep a lot, I usually can't. My husband is the type that needs to get at least 10 hours a night or he can't function well. Both of us are obese.<br><br>
I used to be a nightowl, but now I tend to go to bed between 10-midnight, but midnight feels late and I don't feel happy staying up that late. I've had different jobs that have required different sleeping schedules from me, but I was happiest when I could stay up until 2 am or so and sleep in. Now I will occasionally stay up until 2 am, but it is always a mistake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I've been overweight just about my entire life. I don't think I'll ever know what it is like to be thin unless I get some sort of wasting disease, God forbid.
I have to work really hard to get to bed at a reasonable hour so that I can interact with the rest of the world. Left to myself, I will very happily go to sleep at 4 and wake up at noon.<br><br>
I have never been overweight and am currently close to underweight.<br><br>
Interesting bit of tid: if I run a sleep debt for more than a week, I get sick.
I am a nightowl (go to bed between 12am and 4am with 2-3am being the norm) and I am slender (size 8, medium).<br><br>
But, I also get over 10 hours of sleep every night (you do the math and figure out when I wake up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ). And I have not yet had my first child <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> That factor might change everything... we shall see.<br><br>
(For the record, my dh, who is in bed by 11 most nights -- but not 10, tho at ten he is usually half-asleep on the couch with me! :LOL -- does NOT get over 8 hours of sleep, and in fact sometimes gets significantly less, and he is overweight. Not by too much right now, as he's been losing weight, but he has always been bigger. His family is genenerally bigger than mine, too. I think it's genetics.)
I think it's probably less to do with the hour at which you go to sleep and more to do with how much sleep you get. I'm about 10 lbs. heavier than I like to be right now - I'm exercising pretty regularly and eating reasonably well but am getting hardly any sleep. I can feel that that's the problem. When my body is well-rested, the weight falls off readily.
I am a nightowl and I am at least a bit overweight. (Though I flat out refuse to go by those silly height-weight tables to calculate it...) For me I don't think the idea holds a lot of water. I have always been a nightowl and I have not always been overweight. Also, I have a friend who is more of a nightowl than I am and is on the thinner side of her suggested weight. Both of my kids are nightowls and one is heavier (but not overweight) and one is thinner. The theory just doesn't cut it for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I stay up past 10 pm every single night.. I have never been a morning person.. I have always been a late night gal.. I am slender normal to underweight..<br><br>
I get on average.. 7 hrs of sleep a night.. Figuiring I go to bed by 11 pm.. Wake with the babe at least 3 times.. And up by 7:15 to get the kids ready for school..<br><br>
Warm Squishy Feelings..<br><br>
Not a night owl by nature, but there aren't enough hours in the day , and I often find myself up later than I would like, just to get a moment of peace for myself/ to get things done, or to havesome time with my DH. So I am often up past 10, and yes, I am overweight.<br><br>
Edited to add: And my kids are early riser, so I usually get less than the 10 hours of sleep I seem to get naturally, if not woken up by external factors.
I pulled many an all nighter, and worked a swing shift here and there, and was never overweight.<br><br>
Now I am usually in bed by 10ish on the weekdays, and am pretty overweight.<br><br>
If you snack at night, then yes, you could probably coorelate the two.<br><br>
But staying up late in and of itself is probably not a reason for someone being overweight,imo.
I stay up late for "me" time. I've always liked the quiet of the night.<br>
As a kid I always wondered what it would be like to stay up past midnight, and then once that was achieved, I wondered about pulling all-nighters, which I did regularly throughout college; and then again, 10 years later, when I went to college again.<br>
Nighttime has always been my time to read or, now, surf MDC.<br>
I'm not overweight - for most of my life I've been normalish leaning to chubby.<br>
right now I'm 5'8" and 145lbs FWIW.
I'm a night owl (usually go to bed 1-2am) and thin-to-average. I also get 8-10 hours of sleep most nights - going more than a day without 8 gives me migraines.<br><br>
I'm curious - which was the thread that inspired this poll?<br><br>