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February 11, 2010

Study: Poor Sleep Linked to Higher Body Mass Index

Topics: Health Issues

You can't sleep yourself into loosing weight but new research shows that it surely helps and there are biochemical reasons for it doing so:

A "good night's sleep" may be more important than we think. In addition to allowing us to feel rested, energetic and clear-thinking, studies have shown that there are connections between sleep and heart health. There also has been research demonstrating that sleep may affect body weight.

The latest to shed light on the sleep-weight connection is a study presented Sunday at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego, which indicates that body mass index, or BMI, is linked to length and quality of sleep in a surprisingly consistent fashion.

[...] getting less sleep appears to cause a reduction in leptin, a hormone that triggers the feeling of fullness, perhaps causing short sleepers to eat more.

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Posted by Richard at February 11, 2010 4:28 PM

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