Sounded like we may have finally have found an answer for obesity!

A study conducted by Stanford University/University of Wisconsin study on 1,000 subjects found that people who slept less than 8 hours per night had higher levels of body fat. Even more, those who slept the fewest hours per night weighed the most.

That means all we have to do is sleep more than 8 hours, right? Well, maybe no! 

Many people who sleep over 8 hours per night may still have sleep apnea; that is, “they may stop breathing for up to a minute, sometimes hundreds of times during the night while sleeping,” says Dominic Roca, MD, director of the Connecticut Center for Sleep Medicine at Stamford Hospital.

Signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Frequent snoring
  • Feeling like you haven’t received a good night sleep.

People who are more prone to sleep apnea are:

  • Overweight
  • Smoke
  • Over 50
  • Male
  • Narrowed airway
  • Nasal congestion
  • Regular alcohol consumption

In most cases, sleep apnea can be cured with:

  • Weight loss
  • Stop smoking
  • Cut drinking alcohol
  • Adopt lifestyle changes that help deal with stress
  • Regular exercise

What’s an immediate step you can take to get a good night sleep and cure your sleep apnea if you have it? Feeling blocked? Contact me at lauri@embracingmyself.com