Inadequate Sleep Found To Be Linked With Obesity!

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Inadequate sleep has been found to alter the ratio of beneficial bacteria residing in the human gut, thereby increasing chances of obesity!

-For a healthy living and well being, it is recommended for people aged between 18 years to 60 years to sleep for atleast 7 hours every night. Published literature suggests that due to the stressful lifestyles, people are unable to meet recommended sleep hours.

-Recent research, conducted at Uppsala University (Sweden), suggests that lack of sleep could disturb the circadian rhythm (day and night clock) of the bacteria residing in the human gut.

-The study included two groups, one where men where made to sleep for 8 hours and other where they were made to sleep for only 4 hours in two days. Fecal samples from these subjects showcased altered bacterial ratios.

-As per the study, there was an increase in the ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteriodetes.

-As per previous published studies, these bacteria were found to be directly linked with obesity.

-Inadequate sleep has also been found to be linked with the increased risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Source: Molecular Metabolism Journal 

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