Queen of Sleep

Living with narcolepsy: a personal journey

What’s making me put on weight?

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I have met many narcoleptics that wonder if the medication or condition makes them put on weight. It seems to be more likely that a disrupted sleep cycle is to blame. If you expose your self late at night or during the night, your sleep cycle gets disrupted and you metabolism follows suit.

They found that those mice which were exposed to either form of light were more likely to have greater body mass and a reduced tolerance for glucose than those with a normal night cycle, even though they were exposed to the same amount of calories. Though the study is small, the analysts theorize that humans might receive the same effect and may be more likely to eat during the late night hours when they’re supposed to be asleep.

American Health and Beauty:Your Sleep Schedule could be making you fat quotes according to usatoday.com, it’s been thought for years that watching TV late at night or spending time staring at a computer screen was somehow connected to risks of obesity, but researchers always thought that this was because of a lack of exercise. Researchers in this study write, “the results from the current study suggest that exposure to night time lighting and the resulting changes in the daily pattern of food intake and activity also may be contributing factors.”

American Health and Beauty:Your Sleep Schedule could be making you fat also quotes The Baltimore Sun writes that the researchers studied the mice for 8 weeks and those who never got full darkness weighed 10% more than their regular light cycle counterparts.

Eat at regular times every day, not too close to bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every day and make sure your bedroom is dark and slightly cool.

Written by Queen of Sleep

October 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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