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Can More Sleep Help You Lose Weight? - HER Daily Dose

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose" Bailey Mosier examines a study that tries to find out if sleeping more can lead to a slimmer waistline.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. While I can’t prove all of that to be true, some recent research does suggest the more sleep you get, the less calories you’ll consume.

Heart disease doctors at the Mayo Clinic asked 17 healthy adults to live in closed 'Big Brother house' conditions, measuring exactly how much sleep they got, food they ate and physical activity they took across two weeks.

On average, the volunteers consumed 549 more calories when they were deprived of an hour and 20 minutes' sleep a night – the equivalent of having a hamburger and chips.

The doctors acknowledged this was a pilot study, but said it did provide some hard evidence that cutting back on sleep actively increased appetite and made people fatter. The doctors wonder if young people are staying up late, perusing social networking sites, further adding to the obesity epidemic.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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September 28, 2012 - 12:04am
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