Long & Short Of Sleep Duration

How long you sleep each night can be a very strong predictor of future weight gain. That's what a study conducted over 6 years by scientists from Laval University in Quebec, Canada suggests. They found that people who slept 5-6 hours a night on average (considered a short duration) and those who sacked out for 9-10 hours a night (considered long) were likely to gain 11 pounds more than subjects who slept the recommended 7-8 hours per night. That's about 2 pounds per year during the 6-year study.

The Bigger Picture: If you're having trouble getting enough sleep each night, try cutting off your caffeine intake mid-afternoon and maintaining a bedroom environment that's cool, dark, quiet and relaxing. If you sleep too much, establishing a consistent sleeping pattern, where you go to bed and get up at the same time every day, can help you adjust to a more normal period of slumber.
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