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Lack of Sleep may lead to a Larger Gut
Posted by Failed Success on 04/06/06 at 07:26 AM
Results of recent studies are indicating that sleep deprivation could lead to obesity and even diabetes
There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of obesity in the United States over the past several years. This marked increase runs nearly parallel with the growing number of reported and diagnosed cases of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation.
Researchers feel that the two may be linked and have been conducting a range of studies to see how lack of sleep can alter our body chemistry and open the door to obesity and an increased risk of diabetes.
Too little sleep may contribute to long-term health problems by changing the concentrations of hormones that control appetite, increasing food intake, and disrupting the biological clock, according to Eve Van Cauter of the University of Chicago.
Before that pivotal study, tests had demonstrated that obesity could disrupt sleep, but few experiments had investigated whether lack of sleep could contribute to obesity. Several tests have been conducted to search for the reason for this possible correlation.
An excerpt from the Science News:
While much of the research seems to indicate that the link between lack of sleep and obesity is one of body chemistry, there is also a much more practical reason that the two could be linked as well. When people sleep less, they have more time for eating. People who have trouble falling asleep at night, or stay up for long periods of time due to work or other interests, usually spend more time snacking. This, coupled with finally succumbing to your need to sleep immediately after eating, could easily lead to gaining weight in most people.
For now, researchers are still continuing their studies to learn more about the chemical and psychological links between sleep and obesity. Until they unlock these great mysteries of our bodies, a little extra sleep may be just what the doctor ordered for those who want to shed a couple of pounds.
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