Sleep: A Work in Progress

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From traffic jams to endless hours at the office, we find little to no time to do the things we love: spend time with family, watch our favorite shows (but that’s what TiVo is for), get together with friends over drinks, and—my favorite and probably yours, too—catch up on some much needed Z’s. By spending more time on a chair and less time in bed, you’re gaining weight. Yes, it’s true.

Researchers from a new small study discovered that sleep, or lack thereof, affects how your fat cells function. The researchers tracked seven individuals who experienced four nights of normal sleep (about 8.5 hours), and then one month later, they underwent four nights of sleep deprivation (about 4.5 hours).

Fat cells, taken from the participants’ stomachs, were found to be less sensitive to the glucose- or blood sugar-regulating hormone, insulin. Your body’s resistance to insulin leads to obesity and diabetes. So, if you sleep less, you’ll gain more.

Work may have you running from Point A to Point B, but your health comes first. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Besides avoiding weight gain, you’ll look better and have a more positive attitude come morning.

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