Less sleep leads to overacting

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | In Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Less sleep leads to overacting
~ Less sleep leads to overacting ~

If you find you have an insatiable appetite throughout the day, consider the amount of sleep you are getting every night.

A new study presented at a recent medical conference in San Diego found more evidence linking sleep deprivation to obesity.

For eight nights, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota observed the sleeping and eating patterns of 17 normal, healthy young men and women with half of the participates getting their usual amount of sleep and the other half cut off from slumber two-thirds of the way.

On average, researchers found that the group who slept one hour and 20 minutes less each day consumed an additional 549 calories a day compared to the control group.

Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28% of adults now reporting that they get six or fewer hours of sleep per night, according to the researches.

While the researchers acknowledge there was a small study, it builds on existing research that has linked several different illnesses and adverse health conditions on chronic sleep deprivation including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Another study published earlier this year in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, also concluded that a poor night’s sleep can activate the appetite-controlling part of the brain, increasing their levels of hunger.

Meanwhile, in a 2010 study published in the journal Sleep, US scientists identified seven as the magic number for sleep, saying that those who sleep more or fewer than server hours a day could be increasing their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Information via AFP – Relaxnews.


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