How Your Sleep Habits Can Lead To Weight Gain (VIDEO)

July 9, 2014 11:09 AM

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Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan -- although it's not clear if it's a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.) In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night. Sleep also affects quality of life. "Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep," says Raymonde Jean, M.D., director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. "If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It's pretty clear."

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep -- six or fewer hours a night -- have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which i...

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