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HealthDay: Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain

May 25, 2006

Food intake doesn't explain extra girth, study finds.

By Anne Scheck, HealthDay Reporter

"Getting a decent night's sleep apparently does more than provide good rest -- it seems to curb the number of pounds women put on as they age, according to a new study.

"Although the study didn't show a definite cause-and-effect relationship, there was a significant link between inadequate sleep and weight gain, said lead investigator Dr. Sanjay Patel. Women who got only five hours of sleep a night, on average, gained substantially more weight than those who routinely had seven hours' worth of shuteye."

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