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Sleep more to lose weight

The amount of sleep you get each night could be influencing your weight. Those who slept less than 5 hours a night are more likely to be obese, according to a Korean study.

Video: How to get more sleep, loose weight and gain health

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The sleep study

Researchers at the Ajou University studied the health data of 8,717 adults aged between 20 and 65 years old between 2001 and 2005.

The team divided the adults into five groups according to their sleeping patterns; from less than five hours to over nine hours sleep. The average nights sleep was 6.9 hours. Researchers took the BMI and waist measurements of the participants.

The results

Of those people who slept less than 5 hours a night, 36.3% were obese and 28.8% were abdominally obese.

This compares to those people who sleep less than 7 hours a night. Of this group 30.3% were obese and 21.4% were abdominal obese.

What the researchers said …

Lead researcher Professor Kim Dae-jung said, “Noteworthy was that the correlation between lack of sleep and obesity was more evident among those aged between 20 and 40 than older age groups. It was also more evident among men than women. People are advised to have enough sleep to prevent obesity.”

The study was published in Obesity journal.

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