According to new research, published in the 'Sleep' medical journal, has found people who sleep longer and/or better have a lower incidence of excess fat and high BMI.
A surprising finding is that rhe study says those who get lots of sleep -- meaning around nine hours a night -- are less likely to put on weight, even if they have the genes that predispose them to weight gain.
Previous research has also shown that sleep deprivation can play havoc with our hunger hormones, decreasing the levels of those hormones that make us feel full.
While it's unlikely that we can sleep our way to weight loss, getting more sleep might allow us to control our eating and to do more exercise -- two things that we know do lead to a healthy weight.
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