Lack of Sleep Contributing to Obesity

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

In 1960, Americans averaged 8 1/2 hours of sleep a night, and our obesity rate was around 12 percent. Today we’re averaging 6 1/2 to seven hours, and our obesity rate has climbed to around 30 percent. Coincidence?

No, say sleep experts. They point out study after study showing that a lack of good quality sleep—seven to nine hours of uninterrupted slumber—is making us fat. And it’s not just overworked adults who are gaining weight. Long-term studies are finding that sleep-deprived children also are piling on the pounds.
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