Dec. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A recent research finds that people who don't sleep
very long are more likely to be overweight.
|A recent research finds that people who
don't sleep very long are more likely to be
This is because people who slept for shorter times
had higher levels of ghrelin (a hormone that increases appetite) and lower
levels of leptin (a hormone that suppresses appetite). So both hormones changed
in the direction that would encourage more eating. People with short sleep also
had higher body mass index.
"If you do not run a sleep debt, you will be able to
curb your appetite more easily and maintain or lose weight, " explained Dr.
Eve Van Cauter, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, who is
involved in the research.
The finding could be one way to help prevent or
treat obesity, researchers said.