Monday, April 22, 2013

Exploration 10 Revision


This article was very interesting to me.  Mostly because sleep is something that I've always struggled with, and weight gain is something I always keep in the back of my mind.  This article talk about a study that 16 healthy men and women participated and were watched closely by doctors.  They were put in a room where their metabolism could be watched closely.

For these scientists, "The goal was to determine how inadequate sleep over just one week — similar to what might occur when students cram for exams or when office workers stay up late to meet a looming deadline — affects a person’s weight, behavior and physiology (Parker-Pope.)"   From this study, researchers found that" light sleepers ended up eating far more than those who got nine hours of sleep, and by the end of the first week the sleep-deprived subjects had gained an average of about two pounds." After this, the groups were switched, and the ones who slept, were deprived sleep and gained weight, and those who had gained weight from being deprived, slept and almost lost the weight they had originally gained. In conclusion, research showed that sleep deprived people will consume 6% more calories during the day then people who get fully rested.

This article was perfect because, I am a college student, and late nights are almost always a necessity. It also goes on to talk about jet-lag, and other common problems that interfere  with sleep commonly throughout people.  The overall conclusion of the article, is that your metabolism is overall healthier when you are getting fully rested at night. You eat more healthy when your body gets the proper amount of sleep and your metabolism is much more functional, along with other bodily functions.

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