Sunday, July 13, 2008

Can You Really Sleep Off Your Fat?

This is a hot topic in recent months.

More research studies showed that lack of sleep or sleep deprivation make you crave for sweet of fatty foods and eat more calories.

Although it's a long debate as to how much sleep is enough, it likely depends on each individual's need. Some feel fine with 5 to 6 hours of sleep while some others need 9 to 10 hours to feel awake.

A new research study conducted at Laval University in Quebec, Canada showed that only 5 to 6 hours of sleep makes it hard to lose fat. On the other hand, too much sleep doesn't help either.

According to the study, 5 to 6-hour short sleepers are 27% more likely to become obese, gain 124% more body fat and 35% more likely to gain 11 pounds.

9 to 10-hour long sleepers are 21% more likely to become obese, gain 94% more body fat and 25% more likely to gain 11 pounds.

So how much sleep is just right?

7 to 8 hours of sleep seems to be just right.

When you engage in strength training or competitive sports, properly and timely recovery is very important so that you come back to train harder or compete in the games. A good night sleep is definitely your best strategy.

You may not be able to sleep 7 to 8 hours every night. Your sleep most likely fluctuates from day to day (or from night to night). If you don't catch with your sleep, it will catch up with you.

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