Sleep Problems Increase the Risk of Obesity

Sleep Problems Increase the Risk of Obesity
Inadequate sleep is an important risk factor of obesity— according to scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in a review of literature. Sleep loss causes an increased release of the hormone ghrelin, which boosts appetite and slows metabolic rate. The resulting fatigue makes it more difficult to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise. We don’t completely understand how good sleep promotes weight control, but poor sleep habits could be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Serious athletes need a good night’s sleep. (Current Opinion Clinical Nutrition Metabolic Care, 13: 601-607)

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