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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sleeplessness and Weight Gain

Sleeplessness and Weight Gain 
A recent study observed the relationship between sleep deprivation and obesity. According to the study at Mayo Clinic, participants who had their sleep decreased consumed more calories. Half of the total participants’ slumber was cut by an hour and twenty minutes compared to those of the control group.
The group that experienced sleep deprivation consumed an average of 549 calories more than the control group. Currently, 28 percent of Americans sleep less than six hours a night, according to one author of the study. Chronic sleep deprivation has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Researchers concluded that a minimum of seven hours of sleep is needed to reduce the risk of chronic disease. The Mayo Clinic offers several tips for a better sleep such as including physical activity in your daily routine, being aware of what you eat and drink and abiding by a sleep schedule.

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