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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Sleep yourself skinny

An interesting article has recently come out in the journal, Obesity Reviews. In it the authors talk about how much weight you can lose by just adding 1 more hour of sleep to your day.

Dr. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan explained that “a person who sleeps seven hours a night and consumes 2,500 calories during the rest of the day can trim 147 calories simply by replacing an hour of “inactive wakefulness” with an hour more of sleep – or about 14 pounds a year.”

This is great news for those of us who are interested in losing a few of those unwanted pounds. Interestingly, Dr. Sivak found that people tend to eat during periods of wakefulness and inactivity. Each additional hour of sleep he estimates reduces caloric intake by about 6%.

If this does not motivate some people to sleep more, then I do not know what will.

For more on this subject see my new book Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s Guide to Better Sleep and Better Health on Amazon.com.

Related Topics: The Dream Diet: Losing Weight While You Sleep, Lose Weight with Morning Exercise

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