“If you weigh too much, maybe you should try sleeping more.”
This commentary in the journal Sleep caught my eye. Flip as it sounds to a person who would sleep more if she could, it points to a relationship between sleep and body weight that should be widely publicized.
Sleep can also affect your ability to keep weight off. As for the relationship between insomnia and body weight, the latest news is surprising. Read on for details:
We’re often warned about getting less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Short sleepers—variously defined as people who sleep 5 hours and less or less than 6—are more susceptible than normal sleepers to a host of problems: cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and dementia. Many people with insomnia fall within that 5- to 6-hour range. Rarely do we get encouraging news about our prospects for a healthy life.
But recent research on genetic mutations tells a different story. Not only does it begin to explain some of the differences in sleep duration among human beings. It also suggests that short sleep may not necessarily have adverse effects on our health and quality of life.
When I’m stressed out, two things happen. One, sleep goes on the lam, and two, I eat to compensate. Last night it was an ice cream cone at Stucchi’s. The night before, I opened a honey jar and had some honey straight up. Move over, Winnie the Pooh!
Sweets and fat are irresistible when I’m feeling sleep deprived, and a new study from UPenn suggests I’m far from abnormal in that regard. The particulars are alarming, so read on.
The thinking on teen sleepiness is getting complicated these days. On one hand, there’s reason to believe that American teens should get more sleep than they actually do.
On the other hand, a new review of literature published this month in the journal Sleep suggests the issue of children’s sleep need is far from settled.
I get a serious case of the munchies when I’m feeling sleep-deprived. A few short nights is all it takes to propel me to the places where the good stuff is. I break into the chocolate, corn chips, cheese, and salted nuts with the zeal of a wild pig rooting for truffles, and I eat and eat.