by Lexi Petronis
CN Digital Studio"Lose weight while you sleep" seems like one of those "um, sure, OK!" kinds of things (even though studies have shown that sleep can be an important factor in metabolism regulation). But now, new research says it's not just getting enough sleep that matters--it's also how you sleep.
According to a small new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the people who stick to a regular sleep schedule--going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time--were more commonly linked to lower body fat than people who keep irregular hours.
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In the study--by Brigham Young University--researchers followed 300 female college students, who were each given activity trackers that monitored everything they did during their day (including waking up and sleeping). After one week, the participants were assessed for body composition before. The major findings:
* Waking and going to sleep at the