Sleeping less may increase risk of obesity

The results of a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies show that people who sleep fewer hours a night are more likely to express genetic risks for obesity compared to those who receive more normal amounts of rest.

The study is one of many that demonstrate how important receiving a good night’s sleep really is. In a world where rest is often the first thing to be eliminated when things get busy, doing so can have a significant impact on one’s health. Improving diet and taking advantage of supplements, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Sleep from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, can help normalize sleep patterns.

Scientists examined more than 1,800 pairs of twins and found that longer sleep duration showed an association with a lower body mass index. Furthermore, they found that inheriting a parent’s high BMI was more than twice as likely to occur in those who received seven versus nine hours of sleep.

“The heritability of body weight decreased as sleep duration increased,” said principal investigator Dr. Nathaniel Watson. “There appears to be something about short sleep that creates a permissive environment for expression of obesity-related genes.”

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