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Lack of Sleep Connection & Daily Patterns
Which Contribute to Weight Gain

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Does Lack of Sleep Stimulate Weight Gain and Obesity?

The National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey conducted on more than 9,000 individuals during a two year period from the year starting at 1982 until the end of 1984 indicated that sleep may be connected to obesity.  

In a 1987 follow up study involving more than 8,000 individuals, researchers determined that those getting less than five hours of sleep each day were 73% more likely to become obese than those individuals receiving the standard seven to nine hours of sleep each day.  

For those getting in an hour more of sleep (6 hours) they were 27% more likely to become obese than their five-hour sleeping-beauty counterparts in the study. Just an additional hour appeared to cut the obesity-risk factor by more than half.

So what about those getting two to four hours sleep per night? Based on the five-hour results, we'd assume that obesity risk would increase, but it actually decreased to 67%.

Sleeping not only assists the body in healing and energizing, it's a great way to keep away from eating.

How many hours of sleep do you need each night?

As with weight issues, everyone is different. The only thing that we-humans can count on to be set in stone is apparently taxes and death.

While one individual may do best with 7 hours of sleep each night, another might require up to 10 hours.

The next time that you wake up and feel wonderful, note how long that you slept - as well as the foods that you consumed the day before and the activities performed. In doing such, you just may find a valuable Health Key.

But take note that you'll have to do a bit of personal investigating to determine if the number of hours your slept contributed to your feeling of perkiness OR if you felt better because of what you ate and drank the previous day - or it could have been a combination of both.

For most, those days of waking up and feeling great are few and far between.

We have more machines to do the work for us, but in the end, at times those machines end up creating more work on our part. When we're feeling tired we tend to eat more - so perhaps those participants in the study leaned on food for comfort.

And again - any time that we're up and running, we may be tempted to eat. And if we're up a significant time, then our metabolism has little down time.

Unless we go into sleep mode, our tummy will call to be refilled about every four hours. The more time we're awake, the more we are likely to eat.

Setting Meal Schedules for Weight Loss

To boost your weight loss results you'll need to get into a click - or set a pattern where your eating times are concerned. If you eat breakfast at 7 a.m. - then you'll need to do lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A mid-morning snack such as a piece of fresh fruit can assist in curbing hunger until lunch arrives. The same applies for late afternoon.

Dinner time should be set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's best not to eat any later than that as the metabolism is preparing for the long sleep ahead and begins to slow down.

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