Some of the findings:
· Over six years, short sleepers were 35% more likely to gain 11 pounds than average-duration sleepers.
· Over the same time period, long sleepers were 25% more likely to gain 11 pounds than average-duration sleepers.
· Short sleepers gained 58% more around their waists and 124% more body fat than the average sleeper.
Sleep Sweet Spot?
Researchers also think there might be an "optimal sleeping time" to stay healthy. The American
Study researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput of
Chaput adds that "these results emphasize the need to add sleep duration to the list of environmental factors that are prevalent in our society that contribute to weight gain and obesity."
A Nation Deprived?
Study authors say people in the
Previous studies have shown similar findings linking a lack of sleep to creeping obesity.
Researchers say this new study adds to a growing body of evidence showing a sleep connection to weight gain involving fluctuating hormone levels.
According to the
Dreams of Good Sleep
Here are some tips for getting good sleep from the
· Follow a consistent bedtime routine.
· Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.
· Get a full night's sleep every night.
· Avoid caffeine or any other stimulants before bedtime.
· Be worry-free at bedtime.
· Don't go to bed hungry or too full.
· Avoid rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
· Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little cool.
· Get up at the same time every morning.
The study is published in the April 1 issue of the journal Sleep.
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