The diet has women forcing themselves to sleep for more than 10 hours without eating and drinking, which apparently leads to tremendous weight loss. This way you won't be adding any calories to the day. However, health experts do not encourage this diet as this includes oversleeping and regular consumption of sleeping pills or sedatives which can lead to various health hazards in the longer run.
Just as inadequate sleep, oversleeping can also have a negative impact on your health. It may lead to several other health problems such as the following:
1. Memory loss
A study published in the journal American Geriatrics Society suggests that sleeping for more than 9-10 hours a day can affect your memory and thinking skills.
2. Increases the risk of strokeA Cambridge study indicates that sleeping for more than 8 hours (or the recommended amount) in a day could put you at a greater risk of stroke. Their findings showed that those who slept longer were at a 46 percent greater risk of stroke.
3. It can put you in depression
As per a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control in the United States, over sleepers were more likely to report frequent mental distress due to poor mental health. Over sleeping can also lead to waking up feeling low, sad, grumpy and depressive.
4. Increases the risk of diabetes
Many studies have linked oversleeping with diabetes. Longer hours of inactivity can indicate increased levels of glucose in the body, which may cause frequent blood sugar fluctuations and put you at a higher risk of developing diabetes.
According to the British Dietitian Association, the sleeping beauty diet is an extremely dangerous diet and in serious cases it can even be fatal. The National Sleep Foundation recommends not more than 8-9 hours of sleep every night for adults. So, if you are thinking of following a crazy fad diet any time soon, think again and instead stick to the basics of a good workout regime and balanced diet to lose weight in a healthy way.