Sleep ‘can help teen weight loss’

A new study has indicated that healthy sleep patterns could contribute to weight loss

A new study has indicated that healthy sleep patterns could contribute to weight loss

Teenagers who do not get enough sleep could be more prone to eat fatty foods and snacks than those who spend the recommended time in beds.

That is according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – linked to Harvard Medical School in Boston – which indicates that sleeping could help kids keep a healthy weight.

It was shown that those taking part in the research who were using their mattresses less than eight hours a day consumed 2.2 per cent more calories from fats and 3.0 per cent fewer calories from carbohydrates than those who got enough sleep.

Susan Redline, senior author of the report, said: “The relative increase in fat consumption among shorter sleepers … may contribute to cumulative increases in energy consumption that would be expected to increase risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

The Xinhua news agency recently reported that a study by experts at Xinhua Hospital, part of Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, revealed that more than 70 per cent of Chinese children are failing to get the requisite amount of rest.

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