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Study: Sleep Deprivation Linked to Eating More Calories

By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

March 14, 2012 — Being sleep deprived may make you eat more than usual, according to a new study.

When researchers compared people allowed to sleep as much as they wished with those who slept just two-thirds of their normal time, they found that sleep deprivation was linked to eating more calories.

“When people were sleep deprived, they ate an extra 549 calories per day,” says researcher Andrew Calvin, MD, MPH, a fellow in cardiovascular disease and assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Over a week’s time, that could add up to a pound of weight gain. However, Calvin says, “we don’t know how long this effect lasts.” His study lasted eight days.

He will present the findings today at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical…

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