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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Not Getting Enough Sleep Leads to Weight Gain and Low Libido


About 30 percent of African Americans are not getting enough sleep, less than 7 hours a night. Recent research has shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, low libido and less than flattering changes in one's facial appearance.

African American Professionals Get Less Sleep

The problem appears to be more prominent among African Americans, according to a study by the American Journal of Epidemiology. While about 39 percent of African Americans are good sleepers, another 31 percent are getting just enough, leaving 30 percent without enough sleep. Most of these are professional and management-level adults.

Not getting enough sleep can also throw you into a vicious cycle that continues to eat away at your health. If you don't get enough sleep, you're too tired to exercise and you gain weight. People who are awake longer actually take in more calories, which makes the problem worse. In addition, lack of sleep interferes with the proper functioning of hormones that control weight. And additional weight gain can interfere with normal sleeping patterns.

May Lead to Serious Health Problems

What's even more serious, insufficient sleep has been linked with an increased risk of health problems that include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and death. The reasons for the higher rate of short sleep among black professionals can be many, such as job stress, discrimination or harassment, or more job demands. But the result is the same as far as the effect it can have on one's health.

Getting enough sleep is important for everyone. It allows our bodies and our minds to rejuvenate, heal and face another productive day. The long-term effects on your health and success will be more than worth it!
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