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Lack of Sleep Strongly Linked to Obesity

It's not very surprising researchers have found a strong link between one's lack of sleep and an increased risk of obesity. What may be a surprise to some of you is how much damage you can do to your body when you cut back on your sleep. The numbers below speak volumes:

  • 4 hours = 73 percent risk
  • 5 hours = 50 percent risk
  • 6 hours = 23 percent risk

This study of some 18,000 Americans found the effect of chronic sleep deprivation on the body's food-seeking circuitry is what specialists suspect may be making the difference in obesity risks. Sleep deprivation lowers leptin, a blood protein that suppresses appetite and affects how the brain senses when the body has had enough food, and raises levels of grehlin, a substance that makes people want to eat.

I've always believed getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining optimal health. Unfortunately, most of us aren't getting nearly enough of it. If you want to know more about getting a good night's sleep and getting healthier, please review my free online manual. And, if anxiety or depression is keeping you awake late into the night, learn how to let go of stress with the most effective psychological tool I can recommend: The Emotional Freedom Technique.

Yahoo News November 16, 2004

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