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Sleep Deprivation and Hunger Mechanisms

Studies regarding the effects of sleep deprivation have suggested different mechanisms in how it leads to weight gain. A recent study on the effects of sleep duration on the regulation of food intake reveals that the hormonal mechanisms that govern this process differ between the sexes. In what they consider the largest controlled clinical investigation on the influence of sleep reduction to food intake, principal investigator Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, FAHA and colleagues evaluated the effects of sleep duration on glucose regulation and hormonal influence on appetite in 27 men and women who were of normal weight and ages 30-45 years. […]

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Research shows that about 47 million US adults suffer from chronic sleep deprivation or lack of enough sleep. A normal amount of sleep is necessary for good health, and this may depend on factors such as age and physical condition. While most adults need 7-8 hours of good sleep to rest, infants may need 16 hours and adolescents require an average of 9 hours to maintain normal growth and development. The amount of sleep needed to maintain good health may vary every night especially for adults, and pregnant women may need more time to sleep. Drowsiness throughout the day is […]

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Weight Loss Improves Sleep Quality

Sleep quality is affected by many factors. In obese and overweight people, sleep disruption is a common problem. This may have a significant impact on health, because depending on the cause, chronic sleep disturbances can increase one’s risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, irregularities in heartbeats, and stroke. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that weight loss in overweight or obese people can help improve sleep quality, which can potentially reduce their risk for disease. Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology, reports that their study shows […]

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While many studies have shown that certain physical and mental conditions can cause insomnia, subsequent studies have also demonstrated that insomnia can lead to a wide range of physical and mental disorders including obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and memory problems. To this mounting evidence, new research shows that sleep problems can increase one’s risk for having a stroke or a heart attack. Dr. Chien-Yi Hsu at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital led a team of researchers to analyze a nationwide heath database involving 2 million people. After excluding participants with sleep apnea, depression, seizure disorder, anxiety, and substance abuse, […]

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More than 38 million children participate in organized sports annually and about a tenth of these children suffer from sports injuries. Many of these injuries are preventable, and recent research shows that getting adequate amount of sleep may be one of the important ways to avoid injuries. Research involving adolescent athletes from a private school in California reveals that those who slept less than the recommended eight hours per night were more likely to be involved in sports injuries than those who got more sleep. Although there are several factors that may influence the incidence of injuries among student athletes […]

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