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Obesity linked to sleep deprivation

Obesity linked to sleep deprivation
24th October 2012

A new report released in the US has revealed a link between partial sleep deprivation and obesity.

Research conducted at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, found that evidence linking partial sleep deprivation to energy imbalance is relevant to weight gain prevention and weight loss promotion.

The study, which was carried out over the course of a 15-year period, was published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Lead investigator Dr Sharon Nickols-Richardson stated there have been various investigations, that have indicated an effect of partial sleep deprivation on body weight management.

"The intriguing relationship between partial sleep deprivation and excess adiposity makes partial sleep deprivation a factor of interest in body weight regulation, particularly in weight loss," she said.

Researchers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, recently developed a new technique that takes only ten minutes but is able to both reduce stress levels and improve the quality of sleep an individual has.

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