A recent survey has found that those
who need a lie-in at weekends to make up for lack of sleep in the
week, are at more risk of obesity and developing type 2
The study, by a team at the
University of Bristol in the UK and Weill Cornell Medical College
in Qatar, assessed "sleep debt" - a measure of the difference in
the nightly hours asleep on weekdays and at the weekend.
"We found that as little as 30 minutes a day sleep
debt can have significant effects on obesity and insulin
resistance," said Prof Shahrad Taheri from Weill Cornell.
He added: "Sleep loss is widespread in modern
society, but only in the last decade have we realised its metabolic
"Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could
have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism and that
incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss
and diabetes might improve their success."
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