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.