Alya’s Hot Body Tip of the Day

6 May

The Sleep Diet

Sleep, get more of it-your looks, weight, and brain depend on it! Read below to find out how it affects your weight.

A study on twins has found that sleeping for less than 7 hours a night was linked to higher body weight and greater susceptibility to genetic factors that influence weight, while the opposite was true in those who slept for 9 or more hours.

Several genes – affecting how the body uses energy, how fat is stored, the feeling of being full after a meal and how quickly sugar is used up – have been associated with obesity, and this is believed to be the first study of how sleep interacts with them.

A team at the University of Washington studied 1,088 pairs of twins and found that the genetic influence on their body mass index was twice as great in those who slept for less than seven hours compared with those who slept for nine hours a night. The findings were published in the journal Sleep. The Daily Telegraph

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