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Are Obesity and Insomnia Related

Human body requires 8 hours of sleep daily. Lack or excess of 8 hours of sleep disturbs the normal functioning of the body. According to a research study at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, researchers have found that Insomnia (technical name for lack of sleep), can lead to accumulation of fat around organs. This article tries to gain further insight on this new finding.

Knowledge Gained from Research:

  • Individuals below the age of 40 are at higher risks of becoming obese if they have sleep less than 5 hours.
  • In the study it was found that black women and Hispanic men sleep less.
  • Young women already affected with obesity and chronic metabolic diseases, also are in the high risks groups.
  • Lack of physical activity, intake of unhealthy junk foods and social factors like bad economy are responsible for complicating the issue further.
  • While the first two factors are making more and more people become obese, bad economy has compelled Americans to over work and neglect sleep.
  • The research attributes lack of sleep as one of the established reasons for Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes becoming Epidemics in the United States in 2009.
  • The finding of development of fat around organs is found to be exclusive in individuals below the the age of 40.
  • No such observation was found in people above the age of 40 years.
  • The reason behind such exclusiveness of the observation is not yet known by the researchers.
  • The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Significance of this Research in American Society: The findings of this study will further Obesity research. Doctors have to now focus on the life style and sleep patterns of patients. If the patients are especially going through transition times of life like college, marriage or childbearing, these findings will have special implications. It is because during these times, young adults have a natural deprivation of sleep. United States has the largest number of Insomnia patients in the world. 90 percent of patients who seek treatment for this disease get hospitalized. They belong to the age group 15-55 years.

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