Monday, January 07, 2008

Eat and Sleep

I've noticed that during periods of unemployment, when I would normally stay at home and spend a greater part of my day in deep slumber, I would find that I have lost weight significantly. Interestingly, I've also noticed, that I usually gained weight during times I was employed and suffering from regular sleep deprivation because of the demands of the office.

I've always attributed gain weight during employed periods to the fact that I compensate my lack of sleep or shortened sleeping pattern with greater food intake. During unemployed periods, I eat less.

Apparently there's more to it:

We've known for some time that sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain and obesity in the general population, but this study shows that getting enough sleep — even just two hours more — may be as important as a healthy diet and exercise for new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight

That reminds me, I need to sleep.

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