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6 Ways You’ll Have a Healthier Life If You Sleep More

February 4, 2016 | Categories:

Numerous studies show shorting yourself on sleep can impact not only your health but also your training. Harneet Walia, M.D., of the Sleep Disorders Center, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, explains how getting seven to nine hours of shut-eye can help you live a happier, fitter life.

1. You’ll be less hungry.

When you lack snooze time, levels of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin decrease, while levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin rise.

2. You’ll recover faster.

A good night’s sleep boosts growth hormones, which allows for regeneration of cells and muscle growth.

3. You’ll boost fat loss.

Too little sleep has been linked to the stress hormone cortisol, which may impact insulin resistance, a risk factor for obesity and diabetes.

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