Oct 22 2012

Sleep Deprivation, Weight Gain, and Pre-Diabetes?

Published by at 1:33 pm under Uncategorized


Lack of sleep has been  linked to our rise in obesity, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine , reported in the Boston Globe helps to explain why. When we do not get enough sleep, the study finds the body goes into a pre-diabetic state, meaning  fat cells become  less responsive to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar ( glucose) . When we do not make enough insulin, or cannot use the insulin our body does make, it can lead to diabetes. In the study this pre-diabetic state occurred in college students sleeping only 4.5 hours per night for four consecutive nights. The Boston Globe quotes one of the studies  co-authors  as saying “It is the equivalent of metabolically aging these students as much as 20 years.”

According to the National Sleep Foundation there is no magic sleep number, but adults are estimated to need between 7-9 hours, and teens  8.5 to 9.25 hours. If you are trying to lose weight, sleeping more might be part of your solution.



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