Sleep Hours Linked to Stomach Fat

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Did you know a good night’s sleep can help avoid stomach fat?  I just read that two studies published in the journal Sleep build a strong case for the relationship between too much body fat and too little sleep. Researchers found that women who slept less than 5 hours a night showed a 32% weight gain in abdominal fat over a five year period compared to a 13% gain among those who slept 6 or 7 hours.

How can that be?  Well, according to Jenny Theorell-Haglow, one of the sleep study authors, it’s because, “Short sleep duration, short dream sleep and short deep sleep disturb the production of cortisol and growth hormones in a way that can contribute to driving body weight upwards.”

So remember, spending at least 6 or 7 hours a day on a FloBed sleep system is good for your waistline.

4 Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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SleepSavvy Magazine says chronic sleeplessness can be devastating to your health. The article bases their findings on recent research by the American Heart Association.

4 reasons you need a good nights sleep:

1) Sleep Loss can raise your blood pressure. One lost hour of sleep — one hour less than the recommended eight — increased the odds of developing high blood pressure and average of 37% over five years; skipping two hours raised the blood pressure risk 86%.  High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

2) Sleep Loss can lead to diabetes. People who sleep less than six hours a night appear to have a higher risk of developing impaired fasting glucose — a condition that can precede type 2 diabetes.

3) Sleep loss can make you fat. Several recent studies have confirmed that there is a link between lost sleep and weight gain.  In one study, participants who slept six hours per night were 27% more likely to become obese than those sleeping seven to nine hours; people getting five hours of sleep per night were 73% more likely to become obese; and those with only two to four hours of sleep per night were 67% more likely to become obese.

4) Sleep loss can make you vulnerable to cancer. One study showed that even when people take preventative actions that have been proven to lower cancer risks (such as exercising and eating right), inadequate sleep seems to counteract those benefits.

The article explains more research is underway on the health risks associated with sleeping poorly.  Meanwhile, remember a comfortable bed can help you get the shut-eye you need to stay healthy.