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Sleep: A Holiday Recipe for Weight Loss?
It sounds like an infomercial for weight loss pills. But a recent study presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) suggested that the less sleep you get the more likely you are to become obese. Read More...

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Do you have any of these symptoms?
  • Limb jerking and kicking during sleep
  • Depression, reduction in motivation
  • ADHD symptoms (hyperactivity)
  • Morning headaches, bloodshot eyes
  • Multiple bathroom trips during sleep time
  • Heartburn (Acid Reflux)
  • Waking up very tired and thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Poor ability to concentrate
  • Poor motor skills
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Weight gain and love handles in men 35+
  • Excessive sleepiness during waking hours
The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that 38,000 cardiovascular deaths, due to sleep apnea, occur each year. Over the long term, serious sleep apnea conditions have been linked to a greater risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. However, sleep apnea was not well understood or recognized by the medical community until recently. And only a fraction of sufferers have been diagnosed and treated.

 

 

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Sleep: A Holiday Recipe for Weight Loss?

It sounds like an infomercial for weight loss pills. But a recent study presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) suggested that the less sleep you get the more likely you are to become obese.

The study was conducted with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Obesity Research Center. Using information on about 18,000 adults participating in the federal government's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), , throughout the 1980s, Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Dr. James Gangwisch and his colleagues found that subjects between the ages of 32 and 59 who slept four hours or less per night were 73% more likely to be obese than those who slept between seven and nine hours per night.

What makes this longitudinal analysis even more relevant is that it came out a week after another important study connecting sleep and obesity by Karine Spiegel, PhD and Eve Van Cauter, PhD. The University of Chicago study showed that sleep duration is associated with levels of human leptin, a hormone which helps regulate appetite.

As the holiday season rolls in, with high calorie foods and late night parties, why not make more sleep your New Year's resolution!

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Are kids snoring their way to ADHD?

CNN Headline News March 4, 2002

Researchers conclude sleepiness and apnea may be exhibited as symptoms of ADHD.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- New research suggests children who snore face nearly double the risk of being inattentive and hyperactive, providing fresh evidence of an intriguing link between sleep problems and attention deficit disorders. Click to read entire article

 



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