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Sleep and Weight

Scientists Reveal Secret To Boosting Your Metabolism During Sleep

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science

Scientists have long known that sleeping in a cool room can help you get a more peaceful snooze. But now new research suggests there's another big ben...

The Most Powerful Weapon In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited culprits in the problem. But what about sleep?

10 Ways To Prevent Sleep-Related Weight Gain

Posted 01.29.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bonnie Taub-Dix Could lack of sleep be secretly sabotaging your health and weight? Sleeping the recommended seven to nine hours nightly can bo...

Why Sleep Is Crucial For Surviving The Holiday Season

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Looking for some help to avoid the seasonal weight gain? In addition to the standard advice, I'd like to add another strategy to the list: get plenty of sleep.

Here's What Happens To Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived

Irene Ross | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

The CDC refers to sleep deprivation as a "public health epidemic," and I completely agree. Sleep affects every system in the body, and each one must function efficiently in order to achieve optimum health.

Study Shows Lost Sleep May Add Weight in Kids

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What can 2.5 hours do? During the week the kids slept more they reported eating 134 fewer calories per day compared to their intake during the reduced sleep condition, and their measured weight was about half a pound less.

The Connection Between Sleep and Appetite

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Eating and sleeping are two of the most basic human functions, both essential to survival. They are also two biological processes that are deeply entwined, as science is increasingly discovering.

Want To Lose Weight? Get More Sleep!

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Does your appetite change when you're tired? If you're short on sleep, do you find yourself craving junk food and sweets? Turns out, this dynamic isn't just in your head. But it is in your brain.

Sleep Less, Weigh More?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The challenge of maintaining a healthy weight is a daily endeavor, made up of many small choices that over time have a powerful cumulative effect. A routine of sufficient nightly sleep can aid in this, helping your body and mind work at their best every day for weight control and overall health.

Sleep Plus Diet Equals Long-Term Health

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We don't know from this study whether diet is influencing sleep or sleep is influencing food choice, or both. But the evidence is abundant that these two pillars of health -- sleep and diet -- affect each other in a number of ways. We've seen a great deal of research that diet and weight control are strongly influenced by sleep, and that too little sleep can make eating healthfully more challenging.

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2012: Part II

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As we close in on a new year, we're taking a look back at some of the most interesting, thought-provoking sleep stories of the year just ending. Here are my picks for the second half of 2012.

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2012: Part I

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

2012 was bursting with great sleep stories that revealed the power of sleep to enhance our health and well-being. Here are my picks for the sleep stories of 2012 -- along with suggestions for ways you can bring the benefits of the latest in sleep science to your everyday life.

Success In 2013 Starts With A New Year's Sleep Resolution

Dr. Robert Oexman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert Oexman

In setting New Year's resolutions this year, maybe we should stack the deck in our favor by getting the right "mindset" for achieving our goals. It all starts with sleep -- pair any resolution you have with more sleep for the best results.

Prevent Holiday Weight Gain With These 7 Tips

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are upon us, and along with them, the most weight-gaining window on the calendar. If you are trying to maintain your weight, it's a downright "dangerous" time.

The Toll Long Hours And Little Sleep Takes On Your Waistline

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Overwork and little sleep can affect every aspect of our lives, from relationships, job performance and daily wellbeing to our fundamental health. A new study suggests that difficult and demanding work schedules also can contribute to obesity.

A High-Fat Diet Undermines Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Here's the flipside to the story about foods that can help you sleep better: Eating a diet heavily composed of the "wrong" foods can interfere with your sleep.

Short On Sleep, Junk Food Looks Even More Tempting

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

When you're feeling run down, do you find yourself reaching for the cookie jar, or digging into a bag of potato chips? According to the latest research, your lack of sleep -- and your sleep-deprived brain -- may be fueling your junk food habit.

Catherine Pearson

Is Skimping On Sleep Leading To Bad Food Choices?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Scientists have taken another big step in understanding why sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain. At an annual meeting hosted by the American ...

How Sleep Works With Our Genes To Keep Weight in Check

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A recent study may be the first to show how sleep can either promote or suppress weight gain by affecting the genetic factors that play a role in weight.

Is This The Key To Solving The Obesity Epidemic?

Stuart F. Quan, M.D. | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Stuart F. Quan, M.D.

The fight against obesity will be difficult to win unless all obstacles are addressed. A golden opportunity may be lost unless America recognizes that more sleep equals less weight.

Catherine Pearson

Can You Sleep Yourself Thin?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.04.2012 | Healthy Living

A complex web of factors can contribute to weight gain and obesity -- not just diet and exercise, but also stress, metabolism, genetics and sleep. ...

Lose The Baby Fat, Study Says

Posted 08.24.2011 | Healthy Living

There is nothing cuter than a chubby baby, right? Nope, stop, drop that chubby little leg. A new report from the National Academy of Science says ...

Extra Sleep On Weekends Cuts Kids' Risk Of Obesity

WebMD | Salynn Boyles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Children who get too little sleep and have irregular school-day sleep schedules are more likely to be obese, especially if they don't make up for lost...

How To Sleep For Weight Loss, And Eat For A Good Night's Sleep

Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D. | Posted 05.26.2011 | Home
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

A new study suggests that lack of sleep effects whether you lose muscle or fat (fat is preferred of course) when you're trying to lose weight.