Current Nutrition Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 278–285 | Cite as

The Role of Sleep Duration on Energy Balance: an Update

  • Marie-Pierre St-Onge
  • Ashlee Bormes
  • Ismel Salazar
Diabetes and Obesity (MC de Oliveira Otto, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Diabetes and Obesity


The relation between sleep duration and weight status is well established, and growing evidence suggests this relation is causal. However, the mechanisms underlying the sleep/obesity relation remain controversial. We have previously reviewed the evidence relating sleep restriction to energy balance regulation, uncovering much discrepancy in physiological/hormonal explanations. Herein, we perform an in-depth assessment of the evidence, published since 2012, of the impact of sleep restriction on energy balance regulation. Increased energy intakes as a result of sleep curtailment are consistently observed, but effects on its hormonal regulators are debatable. Future studies should continue to enroll women, perform hormonal measurements under controlled, weight maintenance feeding conditions, and lengthen the intervention period beyond five nights to elucidate the mechanism linking sleep and obesity.


Sleep Food intake Ghrelin Leptin Sleep debt Partial sleep restriction Total sleep deprivation Sleep extension 



Dr. St-Onge has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (1R56HL119945) and the American Heart Association (16SFRN27950012) for this work.

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Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ashlee Bormes, and Ismel Salazar declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie-Pierre St-Onge
    • 1
  • Ashlee Bormes
    • 1
  • Ismel Salazar
    • 1
  1. 1.New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center and Institute of Human NutritionColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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