The secret to a good or better night’s sleep is to reduce belly fat. Are you going down approx. seven kilos of weight, sleep quality is 20 percent better, US researchers say.
And the good news, for those who cannot go to the forest or street long to trim away the fat: it’s as important to sleep as to “lose your stomach“.
There are experts from the most respectable Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, concluding that less stomach gives more sleep.
The researchers followed 77 obese people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes over a six month period.
Both before and after the six months, participants completed a form describing their sleep problems – such as sleep apnea, fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleep length and use of sleepers.
The participants also measured body mass index – before and after.
The trial cannons were divided into two groups – one that went on weight reduction diet and exercise, and one group that went exclusively on a diet.
After six months, both groups had averaged 6.8 kilograms, with a 15 percent reduction in belly fat.
Regardless of age
“The main reason for the improved sleep quality was a reduction of body fat, and especially fatigue, which was applicable to both sexes and regardless of age,” says professor Kerry Stewart, who led the survey.
According to Kerry, gastric fat is particularly harmful to metabolism.
Gastric fat is almost like a living organ, which produces proteins that cause inflammation in the body. When you lose your stomach fat, the production of the harmful proteins decreases significantly.
Inflammation may affect blood vessels in such a way that you can easily treat heart and lung disease.
If sleep problems lead to obesity or if obesity leads to sleep problems, it is currently unclear.