Here's how 'catch-up' sleep can help you lose weight

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED October 11, 2017 04:02 pm
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(Inside Manila) The last thing anyone can think of is that sleeping can help a person lose weight. But in a remarkable turn of events, this recent study proved that it can actually be the case!


In a new study published in Oxford University Press Journal, a study claims that sleeping on the weekend to make up for the lack of sleep during the weekdays is associated to decrease body mass index (BMI).


A collaboration between researchers based in Boston Massachussetts and the Republic of Korea conducted a face-to-face interview to 2,156 adults and compared their sleep habit with their BMI scores.


The test showed that 932 participants who are "catch-up sleepers" or who sleep longer on the weekend than on weekends by about two hours has a significant lower BMI than others. Furthermore, every additional catch up sleep is linked to a decrease in BMI.


“Our best estimate [as researchers] is that there is a balance to be kept, and the body can adjust and adapt within reason. Catch-up sleep allows the basic balance to be maintained.” Reader's Digest quoted one of the study's co-authors Robert Thomas, MD, MMSc, of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.


However the Dr. Thomas pointed out that there are still “substantial individual differences,” this mean it still varies from person to person the benefit from the extra hours of sleep. - with a report from Reader's Digest

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