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Is a Lack of Sleep Adding to Your Waistline?

New research suggests that among all of the dangers associated with a lack of sleep, a bigger waistline may be among the more overlooked risks, as well as a possible contributing factor to obesity. People have started running for money and for that reason the healths of the people are getting severely effected. The findings of the study, also revealed that waist circumference difference between those who received six hours of sleep at night and those who received nine hours of sleep was three centimetres on an average. Additionally, people suffering from lack of sleep were noticeably heavier than those who have a good night’s sleep. Obesity contributes to the development of many diseases, most notably type 2 diabetes.Understanding why people gain weight has crucial implications for public health, said Greg Potter from University of Leeds. HDL cholesterol is “good” cholesterol that helps remove “bad” fat from circulation and protects against conditions such as heart disease.Senior study author Dr Laura Hardie said that because they found that adults who reported sleeping less than their peers were more likely to be overweight or obese, their findings highlight the importance of getting enough sleep.The study also didn’t find a significant link between sleep duration and diet quality, which surprised the researchers.For the study, researchers compared the sleeping patterns of 1 615 adults between the ages of 19-65 and measured the participants’ overall metabolic health which included things like thyroid function, blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. In addition, the study did not track results over a lengthy period of time, making this more of a slice of time, rather than a comprehensive study on how sleep affects health.Other studies in the past have said that when people get less sleep they tend to overcompensate the following day by eating more to get more energy which leads to weight gain.The study’s findings were published Thursday in the journal PLOS One. For example, say the researchers, if someone goes to sleep at 11 p.m. and wakes up at 5 a.m. For example, people who scored about 5.9 hours of sleep a night had an average waist circumference of 37.4 inches and an average BMI of 28.6, while those who averaged 8.4 hours a night had an average waist circumference of 35.8 inches and an average BMI of 27.1.