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Are you having problems with your weight?  Are you an early sleeper or a late sleeper? Do you know that sleeping late has a great effect to your weight?

Most developed countries are experiencing an exponential rise in the prevalence of obesity, according to a study published in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This increased obesity prevalence has led to many health consequences and complications that gave added burden to the government and the community.  Om fact, the increased rate of obesity has paved the way to greater use of government health services and shorter life span.

In most westernized countries, obesity has been inversely related to the amount of sleep.  In fact, in some laboratory studies involving laboratory animals it has been shown that decreased length of sleep is greatly associated with increased weight and some metabolism dysfunction.   Among the teens and young adults, the lack or decreased amount of sleep has proven to alter the endocrine and the metabolic functions leading to increased caloric intake and ultimately, obesity.

However, in said study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it has been shown that among the older age group, the opposite result happens. In this study, it has been proven that older people who sleep less than five hours and those who sleep more than eight to nine hours have gained more weight compared to those who slept within the normal range of roughly six to seven hours.  Thus, the researchers have strongly suggested that further research is necessary to uncover the mechanism involved in this health phenomenon.

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