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Why Snoozing is Important for Losing

Burning the midnight oil could be giving you the munchies the next day. A small study found that lack of sleep might trigger individuals to eat more. Twelve young men slept for only four hours on two consecutive nights. Then hormone levels and hunger ratings were recorded:
  • The hormone leptin, which alerts the brain that it is time to stop eating, was 18% lower.
  • The hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger, was 28% higher.
  • The men showed a 24% increase in assessing their "hunger rating" following the sleep restriction. The rise in obesity has occurred simultaneously with the decline in time spent sleeping. Currently only about 25% of young Americans get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. In 1960, 41% received 8 to 9 hours of sleep nightly.
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Additional studies are needed to confirm this initial study. However, consistently getting a good night’s sleep (at least 8 hours) may be one of the answers to maintaining a healthy weight. This sensible recommendation may be one of the easier lifestyle changes to make. Too busy for that much sleep? Try getting to bed an hour earlier each night when you can. Maintaining the same bedtime (and alarm time) each day (including weekends!) can also stabilize your circadian rhythm.
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I can't function on less than 6 hours. If I don't get 7 to 8 hours stay away from me. Report
I wish. I have an almost 8 month old who hasn’t slept more than 3 consecutive hours his entire life, and he only naps 20-35 minutes each day. I my partner and I don’t even remember what sleep is anymore. Report
Would love to be able to stay asleep. Report
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Try very hard to get my 8 hours of sleep nightly but it is'nt always easy. Report
Most nights I have no problem with sleeping. I just have to stay way from evening coffee. Report
I get 5 - 7 hours of sleep a night, depending when my car wakes me up. Not a very good reason for not getting proper sleep I know. Report
I average 6 hours of sleep a night. 3 a.m. I'm up everyday. Don't even need an alarm clock. Report
“When you snooze, you lose,” takes on a whole new meaning for me now. B Report
Getting enough sleep has been my focus of late. Report
going to bed early helps me get a full 8 hrs sleeps Report
I love me some nap time! Report
I am finally being able to get an avg. of about 7.5 hours sleep now. Report
i wish I could snooze more Report
I do better once I've slept and started the day with a lite breakfast.... Report
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Becky Hand
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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