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Snooze To Lose

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Can you sleep your way to slender?


But a new study does suggest getting enough sleep may help you avoid gaining too much weight.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at 16 healthy men and women in their 20’s.

For 2 weeks, in a special laboratory, their metabolism, diets, and sleep were monitored.
Food access was unlimited; sleep was controlled. They were split into two groups: well rested and sleep deprived.

The first week, the well-rested group slept 9 hours.
The others had to stay up til midnight and only get 5 hours sleep.
Then they switched.

Both groups, when sleep deprived, burned 100 plus more calories. But they still gained weight. Because they ate more-- mostly carbs -- and snacked more after dinner.

Even though hunger hormones functioned normally, researchers think sleep deprivation altered circadian cycles, the body’s internal clock.

Their bodies were telling them to eat more than they needed to stay awake, women more so
than men.

So even if we do burn more calories when awake, it’s not a good way to lose weight.

Although sleep is not the answer to our obesity problem, not enough sleep is part of it.