Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beauty Sleep

Sleeping too little or too much could pack on the pounds! 

Despite traditional thinking that sleeping too much might cause weight gain, research is showing that sleeping too little can also cause weight gain.  Several studies have been done in this area.  In one particular study, scientists tracked the sleeping habits of 276 adults for over 6 years. 

Compared to people who slept 7-8 hours per night, those who slept 9-10 hours a night gained an average of 3.5 pounds more and those who slept 5-6 hours a night gained more than 4 pounds more.

Undersleeping is probably worse than oversleeping when it comes to controlling body weight, say the researchers.  People getting less than average-length sleepers were at a 27% greater risk of obesity, while extra  long sleepers had a 21% higher risk of becoming obese.  Researchers believe that too little sleep may cause hormonal changes that stimulate appetite, among other factors.

I know when I am short on sleep, I certainly crave carbohydrates....especially those simple ones...breads, candy, crackers, cereal, etc

So...turn off the TV and get to bed!

"There is one thing people like that is good for them: a good night's sleep." - Ed Howe

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