Sleep is a vital part of good health, but research suggests that getting a good night’s sleep is key to staying lean and avoiding a thicker midsection. And this is especially true for women.
A study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology in 2010 looked at the relationship between sleep habits and body mass index. The study tracked the sleep habits of 3,473 subjects – 1,585 men and 1,888 women – between the ages of 33 and 45 for a period of 15 years. The authors said the results of this observational study “are consistent with previous findings that sleep is associated with BMI and other body composition variables” and that the effects of sleep duration are more apparent in women than in men but are not affected by race.
Of special significance was the finding that “short sleep duration may be a risk factor for overall and abdominal obesity in young Black and White women.” Because there is a stronger association between fat and cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it is especially important to take steps to get a good night’s sleep.
Copyright ©2011 Charles Poliquin