Sleep Your Way to a Smaller Waistline

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People often refer to their teenage years as the prime of their health, yet millions of teens and college-aged individuals seem to struggle with an insatiable desire to sleep in. Though parents battle to get their children out of bed in the mornings, new studies show that extra sleep may be key to physical fitness.

Here are some facts about how quality sleep and good health go hand in hand.

LESS SUGAR MEANS MORE SLEEP

High blood sugar levels are known to cause a number of diseases, and sleep apnea is being added to the list due to recent findings in Europe. Researchers found participants with the lowest blood sugar had the lowest amount of sleep apnea and vice versa. Next time you’re tempted to enjoy that extra cookie, think twice about what it means for your shut-eye as well as your waistline.

PUT DOWN THE SMARTPHONE

Looking at smartphones or other electronic screens is one of the worst things to do just before bed, according to a study from the United Kingdom. The light given off by these devices is classified as blue light, the same kind we get from the sun, which keeps the body awake by suppressing production of melatonin. To avoid absorbing blue light, keep your use of electronics with bright screens to a minimum after dark.

SLIM-DOWN WITH EXTRA SLEEP

Say the words “lose weight” and two ideas come to mind for most people: eat less and exercise more. Getting enough sleep might be another good item to add to the list, according to a study referenced in our latest issue. Comparing a well-rested control group to individuals with severely restricted zzz’s, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found surprising results. After just eleven days the sleep-deprived had gained three pounds on average.

Learn more about healthy sleep habits and weight loss in “Slim-Down Secrets” from the latest issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine.