Study Finds Positive Effects Of Snoring

Snoring and sleep apnea have been linked to several negative health effects, including heart disease and obesity. But a new study shows there may be a benefit to fitful sleep: Burning calories!

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco studied over 200 adults with symptoms of sleep-related breathing disorders. They found those who had the most disturbed sleep burned an average 1,999 calories while resting, compared to only sixteen hundred calories by those who slept soundly.

Experts say other factors may contribute to weight gain among people with sleep-related breathing disorders, like less physical activity during the day and an altered metabolism.


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  • by Edie Location: Winterville on Dec 16, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Is this man truly surprised that the bear attacked him? He shot the bear, so of course the bear was angry and protecting itself. I would have done the same thing! Perhaps now this hunter will put his gun away and respect nature more.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    That can't be right about the calories being burned a night. It must be more. I looked it up and its only about 600-800 a night burned while sleeping.
  • by Steve Location: Milwaukee, WI on Dec 16, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    Terribly irresponsible presentation by the study's authors. They completely left out that when sleep is disrupted by snoring, the brain release a chemical that makes us feel hungry. So whatever "benefit" is related to snoring is more than offset by the constant over-eating during the day of junk food. The way this study is being reported is like giving anorexics tips on how to lose weight.
  • by lm Location: nc on Dec 16, 2008 at 10:54 AM
    Is the average loss of calories while sleeping lost during one night's rest?
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