Sleep and weight loss – The facts

For those of you who wish you could just sleep away your excess weight, it is time to sit up and take note.

While reading through the morning headlines the recently, I was intrigued by the caption above one of the featured articles. It read: "Nightmare of too little sleep: It is tied to too much weight!"

In a nutshell, the article claimed that "If you want to lose weight, get more sleep."

This information was the result of research done at Columbia University in a study conducted regarding the relationship between sleep patterns and obesity. Their results were reported last week at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in Las Vegas.

Among their findings were the following discoveries:

  • People who sleep two to four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than normal sleepers.
  • Those who get five hours of sleep are 50 percent more likely to be obese.
  • Those who sleep six hours were 23 percent more likely to be obese.
  • Those who get 10 or more hours are 11 percent less likely to be obese.

According to lead researcher James E. Gangwisch, "Getting more sleep actually had a protective effect against obesity." He goes on to say that even though the study does not "prove cause and effect, it's an association," this research confirms other studies of children and adolescents that show the same relationship between sleep and obesity.

The underlying theory here is that lack of sleep may have an impact on a variety of hormones that affect appetite and food intake like "leptin and ghrelin," according to this research. So just when you thought you would have to move it to lose it, we now find that you can snooze it to lose it.

Don't get me wrong, exercise and diet are critical to successful and long-term weight management. But doesn't it do your heart good to know that simply sleeping more can help as well?

Makes me want to grab my blankey and go lose some weight. Unfortunately, it's not that easy, but anything that is simple, cheap and non-invasive gets a big thumbs up from me.

So the next time you think you might want to lose a couple of extra pounds, just close your eyes and sleep on it.

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