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How Can Sleep Affect Your BMI?

What are the health benefits of sleep?
 
    Whilst it is known that ensuring the optimum amount of sleep can help combat cancer, heart disease and improve cerebral workings, it is less known that such an activity can also help to maintain weight.

Studies

   Of all the studies into this area it has been found that those who sleep less are more likely to be overweight. Most recently the British Medical Journey studied 244 children and measured their sleep times and their Body Mass Index (BMI) to see if they could locate a correlation between the two.

The findings highlighted that children aged between three and seven who engaged in the optimum amount of sleep, for their age this constitutes eleven hours, were much less likely to be overweight than those who slept less. Another point of note is how for every extra sixty minutes a child gained in sleep time, the chances of them being overweight fell by nearly two thirds.
 
Other research in the past has shown similar results. For example Dr Currie‘s studies at the Warwick Medical school have shown that children who got less than the appropriate amount of sleep at 30 months of age were 45% more likely to be obese at the age of seven than their peers who slept for at least twelve hours per night.

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