April 7, 2008

Sleep duration and weight gain

woman sleepingIf you have a tendency to put on weight, better keep a watch on your sleeping hours. A Canadian study has found that too much or too little sleep could lead to unhealthy weight gain. The study was carried out on 276 people for a period of 6 years. The findings from the study revealed that short sleepers (who sleep for 5-6 hours) were 35 percent more likely to gain 11 pounds than average-duration sleepers, while long sleepers (9-11 hours) were 25 percent more likely to gain 11 pounds than average-duration sleepers (7-8 hours). Furthermore, it was found that short sleepers gained 58 percent more around their waists and 124% more body fat than the average sleeper. The results of this study clearly indicate that besides sedentary lifestyle, genetic predisposition, and excessive bingeing, improper sleep duration also contributes to weight gain and obesity.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your contribution to Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival. This is a good reminder of the importance of a good night's sleep for overall health and fitness.


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