Research suggests that you need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to lose weight and keep it off. Bazaar dug into the concept to find out if it actually works and how you could make it happen.Shouldn't more waking hours equal more calories burned?
Actually, no. "Sleep is a very dynamic aspect of our day," says New York City nutritionist Oz Garcia, Ph.D. " The body reboots every aspect of metabolic function. The brain produces critical messenger molecules, or neuropeptides, that play a vital role in weight regulation. If you don't get seven to nine hours of sleep regularly, there appears to be a cumulative effect. After a while, those neuropeptides - and beyond that, neurotransmitters - can't do their job."What if I can't sleep?
More than 60 million Americans suffer from a variety of sleep disorders. "Insomnia is believed to be as much as three times more common in women," says Michael Twery, Ph.D., director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. See yourRead More »from Sleep More, Weigh Less?