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New Study Links Lack of Sleep to Weight Gain
04/24/2013

With bathing suit season around the corner, people are investing a great deal of money in the latest diet and exercise fads. However, one of the best solutions for controlling one’s weight may be the easiest: a good night’s sleep.

A new study from the University of Colorado suggests that losing just a few hours of sleep for a few nights in a row can lead to almost immediate weight gain.

In the study, 16 healthy men and women were recruited for a two-week experiment, which tracked sleep, metabolism and eating habits. The oxygen the subjects used and the carbon dioxide they produced was monitored as well.

All participants were given unlimited access to food, although not everyone was permitted adequate hours of sleep. In the end, those deprived of sleep consumed far more food, particularly fats and carbohydrates. They also gained more weight during the study than those with a good night’s sleep.

“For many years, the sleep health community has been stating that adults who sleep less are at a higher risk of being overweight,” explained John Penek, MD, FCCP, board certified in Sleep Medicine and Medical Director of the Sleep Health Institute at Chilton Hospital. “This study reinforces the message that sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, but easier than both.”

Chilton Hospital’s Sleep Health Institute is offering Free Sleep Heath Screenings as a first step to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

There are nine screenings scheduled between May and August:

  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17
  • July 1
  • July 15
  • July 29
  • August 12
  • August 26

The Free Sleep Health Screenings feature one-on-one visits with a Chilton sleep professional for individualized assessment. The personalized nature of the screenings identifies if attendees are at a risk for sleep disorder and determines if further evaluations are needed with sleep specialists. The screenings are held on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (about 1.5 miles from the hospital). For more information, call (973) 831-5351. Registration is available on the Sleep Health Institute's web page

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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