Too little sleep linked to increased belly fat

Sleeping too much or too little is associated with a higher prevalence of belly fat, according to a new study published this week in the journal SLEEP. The analysis of more than 1,000 blacks and Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 81 found that, in participants ages 40 and younger, sleeping fewer than five hours per night or more than

With chronic sleep loss, you can’t always catch up

While occasional loss of sleep—pulling an all-nighter to wrap up a big project, for example—can generally be made up for by getting more hours of sleep in the following days, people who regularly skimp on sleep may not be able to undo the detrimental effects with the occasional lie-in, according to a new study published in the

Weight loss may help cure sleep apnea

For obese men who suffer from sleep apnea, losing weight may be an effective cure, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. Sleep apnea—or when you temporarily stop breathing while asleep—is a condition that, when left untreated, can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, and in serious cases, even

Are men more likely to sleep through babies’ cries?

It’s no secret that mothers are sensitive to their babies’ cries, even while asleep. Yet a recent sleep study commissioned by Lemsip, the manufacturer of over-the-counter flu and cold remedies sold in the U.K., suggests it’s not just mothers, but all women, who are quickly roused from sleep by the sound of a crying infant. For men,

Do working women get lower quality sleep than men?

While domestic responsibilities are slowly being divvied up more equally among men and women with the increasing prevalence of working moms and stay-at-home dads, there is plenty of evidence suggesting that women still shoulder most of the household and child-rearing responsibilities. A study highlighted by the Economist earlier this …

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