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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep More...or Less...

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep More...or Less...
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can actually cause weight gain? Yes, according to the Mayo Clinic, studies have proven that people who deprive themselves of enough sleep (sleeping 5 or less hours a night) increase their chances of gaining weight.

How does that happen???

According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep affects the hormone regulation in your body. Sleep deprivation can result in increase of appetite cravings for high-calorie foods, and women who sleep less than six hours per night can gain as much as 11 pounds. Studies showing the link between lack of sleep and weight gain indicated the same results in men, women, children and adolescents. Studies also show that people who don't get enough sleep can increase their rate of mortality.

How much should you sleep?

The recommended number of hours depends on your age and other factors, but the rule of thumb is 7-8 hours for healthy adults, 9-11 hours for school-age children, and 9-10 hours a night for infants and toddlers.

On the other hand, sleeping too much can also contribute to weight gain. While more sleep is required of young children and aging adults, normal and healthy adults who sleep too much (far beyond 7-8 hours) may also experience weight gain.

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