Navigation Links
Study Finds Lack of Sleep Leads to Lost Calories
Date:1/20/2011

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping a night of sleep is equivalent of the amount of energy it would take to walk about two miles, new research suggests.

Alternatively, looked at in terms of food, a night of sleep deprivation can be translated into losing about 135 calories -- about the amount found in two slices of bread or a nearly eight ounces of semi-skimmed milk.

"While the amount of energy saved during sleep may seem small, it was actually more than we expected," study author Professor Kenneth Wright, director of Colorado University's Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, said in a news release.

"[And] if one considers the amount of positive energy storage needed to explain the obesity epidemic is 50 calories a day, the energy savings represented by sleep is physiologically meaningful," he added.

Wright and his colleagues report their findings in the current issue of the The Journal of Physiology.

The team's results are based on work with seven young adults who were tracked while they spent three days in bed while placed on a weight maintenance diet.

While the participants slept a full eight hours on day one, on days two and three they were deprived of sleep for a total of 40 hours, after which they recovered with eight hours of sleep.

The authors found that over the course of 24 hours of sleep deprivation, the participants expended 7 percent more energy than they would during a normal night of sleep.

Wright and his associates said the finding suggests that the normal sleep-wake cycle is linked to a typical use of body energy, and that depriving the body of sleep appears to siphon off some of that energy.

On the other hand, the team said, the finding raised questions about why people don't save even more energy while asleep.

"There are other functions of sleep that are important and cost energy," Wright pointed out. "Some conserved energy may be re-distributed to support vital physiological processes, like learning and memory consolidation, immune function and hormone synthesis and release."

And, he cautioned, sleep deprivation should not be thought of as a means to lose weight, since prior research shows that a lack of sleep is linked to both cognitive impairment and weight gain.

More information

For more on sleep, visit the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: The Journal of Physiology, January 2011 news release.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
2. American Council on Exercise (ACE) Study Reveals Kettlebells Provide Powerful Workout in Short Amount of Time
3. TV drama can be more persuasive than news program, study finds
4. Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles
5. Neuroimaging study may pave way for effective Alzheimers treatments
6. Study finds racial gaps continue in heart disease awareness
7. Luth Researchs IndicatorEDG(TM) Study Finds Americans Hopes of Achieving Their Dreams Are Fading
8. First blinded study of venous insufficiency prevalence in MS shows promising results
9. Soothing infants with food focus of childhood obesity study
10. People with anxiety disorder less able to regulate response to negative emotions, study shows
11. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study Finds Lack of Sleep Leads to Lost Calories
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the ... several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe ... from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine ... his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set of ... or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, Serenity ... event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, guilt, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... now offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with ... Damon brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, ... M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. ... the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: ... novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous blood-based ... closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering ... public offering price of $18.75 per share. All ... by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy ... that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share ... formulary and coverage decisions, a move that addresses the ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing ... drug label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers from ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: