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Study suggests lack of sleep can cause weight gain

A new study suggests there may be a connection between sleeping and weight gain.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A new study suggests there may be a connection between sleeping and weight gain.

The research published in the journal “Sleep” tested 225 people in a laboratory setting.

One group was allowed to sleep 10 hours a day and another group was allowed to sleep 4-hours a day.

After 18 days, the group with only 4 hours of sleep a day gained on average almost 2 pounds more than the group who slept 10-hours a day.

Researchers observed the sleep-deprived group ate an average of 500 extra calories a day during the extra time they were awake at night.

The late night snacks were higher in fat when compared to the meals participants usually ate during the day.

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