__/ [ Blumstein ] on Wednesday 31 May 2006 02:56 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Personally, I don't have weight problems and I don't find that latter
>> study surprising, either. On the one hand, the body burns more energy when
>> awake, but on the other hand, there is indeed more time for eating. What
>> intrigued me when I saw this article initially was that sleep duration
>> should be the choice of any person and people's requirements vary so
>> wildly. I know people who sleep just 3-4 hours a night.
> The reason that is that if you don't sleep enough, your body does not
> produce enough of the hormone called leptin which regulates weight
> gain. (BTW, leptin is available in some health food stores).
> Someone made the comment that lack of sleep leads to health problems.
> There was a very recent experiment in which they kept rodents from
> sleeping via electrical shocks. Not surprisingly, they all died
> prematurely. The autopsy revealed the surprise: they all died from
> infections. Apparently, lack of sleep weakens the immune system.
Intersting, Paul. Thank you for the information.
On a somewhat sarcastic note, couldn't the rodents have died from regular
electric shocks. This sounds like an odd setting for the experiments. I
would be skeptical and I wonder what the reviewing peer thought...
Roy S. Schestowitz
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