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Sleeping Off Unwanted Pounds

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If you're having trouble shedding unwanted weight or find that you're packing on more pounds than you'd like, you might want to check your sleep schedule. We have known for years that there is a direct correlation between how much sleep you get and how much you weigh. But a recent study suggests the relationship between sleep and obesity is much stronger than initially thought. The study was done at the University of Colorado and it concluded, shockingly enough, that losing just a few hours of sleep a few nights in a row can lead to almost immediate weight gain.

Adults who sleep less than five or six hours a night were at the highest risk as were kids sleeping less than ten hours a night.

It turns out the less you sleep, the more you tend to eat, especially carbohydrates. And conversely, when you sleep more, you tend to eat less and your metabolism is better, meaning you burn fat more effectively. The fact is, Americans don't seem to fully appreciate the benefits of sleep. Or perhaps they don't understand just how bad getting too little sleep can be. One survey revealed that as many as 83% of Americans don't get a good night's sleep at some point for one reason or another. Another study shows as many as a third of American workers get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night. And now we know sleep deprivation not only causes an immediate decrease in your level of mental alertness it can also cause an almost immediate increase in your physical weight.

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