Lose weight to sleep better

Shed a few pounds for a sweeter sleep

Keeping in shape could be the answer to a good night’s sleep, a new study claims.

Disrupted sleepers who followed a strict low-calorie diet and exercised regularly slept better and felt better according to Finnish researchers. The study also found that the more weight people lost, the better they slept.

Researchers from Kuopio University Hospital in Finland studied 81 overweight and obese men and women with mild obstructive sleep apnoea, a common condition that causes disrupted breathing, gasping and snoring.

Half of the subjects were limited to as little as 600 calories per day for three months. They were also given counselling and exercise advice. The other half were simply given advice on living a healthy lifestyle.

The first group lost more than 20lb on average over 12 months while the second group lost less than 6lb on average.

Almost nine in ten of those losing 33lb or more cured their sleep disorder.

Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the study found losing weight to be the most cost effective and beneficial way of dealing with the disorder.

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