Regular sleep = weight loss

Regular sleep = weight loss

Women spend thousands of dollars each year to cover their faces with various creams and lotions every day but many forget that the most important way to better skin and healthy weight loss is simply being in bed at 9pm most nights…

I talk about sleep in seminars every week
It is one of those areas I talk about all the time.  NZ, Australian, UK and USA women are all sleep-deprived.  Most modern women get just 6.5 hours of sleep each night.  This is not enough, not by a long shot.  If you do not get enough regular sleep then you will not lose weight, your skin will not glow, your energy will lag, your longevity will falter and your disease-risk jumps dramatically.

Study after study says the same thing
The latest study to prove this common sense yet again was published online May 1 2012 in the journal Sleep, from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  In this in-depth study, researchers looked at the role of genetics. Nathaniel Watson, a neurologist and co-director of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle, and colleagues, analyzed self-reported data on height, weight and sleep duration of 604 pairs of identical twins and 484 sets of fraternal twins in the University of Washington Twin Registry. 

Genetics had a much lower impact than sleep

They found clearly that those who slept longer at night had lower body mass index than those sleeping less. 

  • For those participants averaging more than nine hours of sleep, genetic factors accounted for 32% of weight variations
  • However for those sleeping less than seven hours, genetic factors accounted for 70% of weight variations

“The less sleep you get, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh.  The more sleep you get, the less your genes determine how much you weigh” said Dr. Watson.  

Just like our grandmothers told us eh?

As reported by USA TODAY on May 1, 2012.

Posted: Friday 8 June 2012

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