In a recent study at John Hopkins, groups of type 2 diabetes patients were required to follow weight loss programs. The participants ended up losing an average of 15 pounds and 15 percent of their belly fat. In the process, they also reported a 20 percent boost in their “sleep score,” meaning they experienced less sleepiness and restless sleep.
John Hopkins researchers credited the lose of body fat, belly fat specifically, with these improvements in quality of sleep. It also did not matter if the weight loss came from diet alone or a mix of diet and exercise. Although, exercise is known to contribute to less sleepless nights.
Additional research out of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has shown similar benefits of weight loss to sleep. In their study, participants followed six month weight loss programs while the research team measured changes in weight, sleep duration and quality, and mood.
The UPenn researchers found that people who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight reported sleeping more than 20 minutes longer each night and improvement in mood at a higher rate than the group who lost less than 5 percent body weight.
Sounds like another reason to shed those extra pounds, especially if you have been experiencing any signs of insomnia lately.
PLUS: Losing weight can also better your sleep by relieving snoring and sleep apnea.
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