Friday, 13 July 2007

Sleep: an excellent fat burner

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Wouldn't you love it if there was some sort of pill you could take before bed that would make you lose weight while you slept? Well, keep hoping -- there's nothing that will help you effectively burn fat while you sleep, but the act of sleep itself might have a big impact on your waistline. eDiets has found evidence that that chronic sleep deprivation might be making people fat.

In short, the findings found this: The less sleep the subject got, the higher the BMI. It's also been noticed that since the 1960s, people on average are getting less sleep than 50 years ago -- by two hours a night. So maybe it's not coincidence that people are heavier today than they were in the 1960s.

But here's what I think: It's been shown that overweight people who aren't active are more prone to sleep problems, like insomnia and sleep apnea. So is poor sleep the cause or effect of body weight? What do you think?

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