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Your Health 3-13-13 Full pantry, sleep and weight

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New research indicates too little sleep with unlimited food availability leads to too much eating and weight gain.

On average, participants whose sleep was limited to five hours burned 5 percent more energy than those who could sleep for nine hours, but they consumed 6 percent more calories.

According to the study in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

participants who got less sleep also tended to eat smaller breakfasts but binged on after-dinner snacks.  The total number of calories they consumed in evening snacks was larger than the calories in any single meal.

That finding adds to growing evidence that overeating at night may contribute to weight gain.

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