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Can Sleeping in Decrease Your Waist Size?

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  • Research has shown weekend “catch-up sleep” has a direct effect on your body mass index and may reduce your risk of obesity
  • A strong link exists between the number of hours you sleep and your calorie intake, with more high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods routinely being eaten in the evening hours
  • Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night; short sleepers are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and premature death

By Dr. Mercola

About 1 in 3 Americans are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, and an estimated 83.6 million adults in the U.S. are sleep-deprived. If you're trying to lose weight, you may be surprised to know the amount and quality of sleep you get might be as influential as your choice of diet and exercise.


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