Want to lose weight? Get some sleep…

Weight-loss experts have a novel prescription for people who want to shed pounds: Get some sleep. Those who got less than four hours of sleep a night were 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who got the recommended seven to nine hours of rest, scientists discovered. Those who averaged five hours of sleep had 50 percent greater risk, and those who got six hours had 23 percent more. Sleep deprivation lowers leptin, a blood protein that suppresses appetite and seems to affect how the brain senses when the body has had enough food. Sleep deprivation also raises levels of grehlin, a substance that makes people want to eat.

3 Comments

  1. Avatar Erin said:

    Sleep? Wo has time for that? I finally caught up on mine yesterday since I came down with something. Felt good to sleep in, but my tummy was doing some flips.

    November 19, 2004
  2. Avatar beth said:

    I believe that. I know when I’m over tired I eat more because it give me more "energy" that I’m lacking from the sleep!

    November 18, 2004
  3. Avatar La said:

    I would love to lose weight and I love to sleep- a win-win situation if only I could find the time!

    November 17, 2004

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