A recent survey by the National Center for Health Statistics – NCHS revealed that obesity was greater in people who sleep less than seven hours a day. The results of this door-to-door survey of 87,000 American adults also show that people who sleep seven to eight hours a day have the lowest obesity rates only 22 percent, comparing to 33 percent among those who sleep less than 6 hours a night.
It’s not the first time a study associates inadequate amounts of sleep to a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Sleep should be considered a priority in any diet, particularly for people trying to lose weight since rest is needed to obtain energy for exercising regularly. As we all know, lack of sleep is a common problem in our society.
Notably, more than one-quarter of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. However, new methods for treating sleep disorders bring hope to the millions suffering from insufficient sleep. Fundamental to the success of all of these efforts is the recognition that sufficient sleep is not a luxury but a necessity and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents, causing substantial injury and disability each year. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous and preventable as driving while intoxicated.
Another evidence from experimental studies showed that sleep deprivation raised blood levels of hunger-producing hormones and considerably increased appetite. The sleep-deprived subjects especially craved sweets, starches, and salty snacks.
In conclusion, adequate sleep is essential to everyone in order to stay healthy and drop off a few pounds.
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