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posted by Joel Kight in Health

Does more sleep help you control your weight?

May 1, 2012

According to a recent study of twins, if you sleep more you have a better chance of controlling your weight. 

The University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center studied the sleeping and eating habit of 1,088 twins.  The participants who slept more than 9 hours a night were more likely to control their weight.  The twins who received less than 7 hours of shuteye a night were more likely to be overweight or obese.

Read more about the study at cnn.com.

The study's conclusion is that the obesity gene is better controlled with more rest.

I wonder if this study is not taking into account that people who sleep less are usually more stressed. When I get stressed I eat more, specifically unhealthy foods.  In fact, I crave unhealthy foods when I am busy or stressed.

Do you think the study makes sense and sleep can slow some of our worse genetic flaws?  

Is it possible that human nature and normal stress can cause one to be more prone to being overweight rather than just less sleep?

Do you notice a difference in your weight when you get less sleep?

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