Tag Archives: Sleep Studies

Hallo-Lean

17 Oct

Ahhh… the onset of Halloween. Endless bowls of candy replace your summer decor as the inevitable commencement of the holiday season subtly inches closer and closer.

Temperatures begin to fall, the days get shorter — and people put on weight. And aside from the obvious reasons why people gain weight –less exercise & heartier meals– a study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that chronically sleep deprived individuals are more likely to store fat than their well rested counterparts. Further, the study noted that those who were sleep deprived were also at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

YIKES! Now that’s something to scream over.

According to the study, not getting enough sleep reduces your fat cells’ ability to respond properly to the hormone insulin, which is crucial for regulating energy storage. So, in the same way that your brain becomes groggy when you’re sleepy, your fat cells do, too!

Are YOU getting enough sleep?

David Neubauer, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center said: “The study reinforces the importance of good sleep generally in promoting health… [The study] is an important step in our understanding of the relationship of sleep and physiological functioning, particularly regarding the increased risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity in people who have inadequate sleep.”

So the next time you’re straining to keep your eyes open to watch a little more late-night television, surrender! Just let sleep do its thing.

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The Truth About Beauty Sleep

14 Jun

The movie “Sleeping Beauty” left behind a highly romanticized image of what women should look like asleep. Let’s face it… not all of us sleep in beautiful gowns, cuddling a rose with perfect hair and a full face of make-up. (And frankly, it might be a little strange if we did). The reality, however, is that men and women don’t always look so hot when they sleep: snoring, sweating, drooling and sleeping in twisted positions with our mouths open are all agreeably unattractive ways to be caught snoozing, but they’re accurate!

The point I’m trying to make here is that it doesn’t really matter what you look like WHILE you sleep. What actually matters is HOW you sleep.

Swedish researchers say that “beauty sleep” is more than just a flighty phrase, it’s science! The British Medical Journal published a study which found that sleep-deprived individuals appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired than that of their well-rested counterparts. “Sleep is the body’s natural beauty treatment” said John Axelsson, a Swedish researcher from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “It’s probably more effective than any other treatment you could buy.”

Twenty-three healthy adults ages 18 to 31 were photographed once after eight hours of sleep and photographed again after staying awake for 31 straight hours and sleeping for only five hours.

The photos were judged by 65 individuals in three categories including how healthy, attractive and tired the individuals appeared. The study found that the sleep-deprived participants were less attractive and appeared to have less color, smaller eyes and puffy skin.

Now it’s no surprise that after 31 hours of sleep deprivation and only 5 hours of sleep, study subjects won’t look their best. But according to Axelsson: “It’s possible you get these effects through chronic sleep deprivation.” Meaning, if you happen to be a chronically sleep deprived person (always receiving less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night) then it’s likely that your physical appearance consistently suffers from an inadequate amount of sleep.

Therefore, although we might not always look like beauties while we sleep, sleeping more can effectively improve our physical attractiveness. Additionally, getting a great night’s sleep also puts us in a better mood, so you’ll not only look better, but you’ll feel better, too!

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