06 Mar '11, 3pm

Make sure you get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep because lack of sleep can make you put on weight. Sweet dreams!

Make sure you get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep because lack of sleep can make you put on weight. Sweet dreams!

It’s actually healthier to sleep a little less than the conventionally quoted eight hours, says Dr Lim Li Ling, a neurologist from the Singapore Neurology and Sleep Centre at Gleneagles Medical Centre. “Sleeping six to seven hours has been tied to the highest rate of survival,” she says. Still, too little sleep is bad. Individuals who slept five hours or less each night gained 2.5 times as much abdominal fat as those who slept six to seven hours, say Wake Forest University researchers in the US. In addition, people who slept four hours a night had an increased risk of type-2 diabetes, reveal scientists in the Netherlands. Hit the snooze button just right, because sleep deprivation also wreaks havoc on your immune system and brain’s neural capacity. Sleep Banking (In Advance) If you know you’ve got a tough work week ahead, it may make sense to “bank” more sleep for a few da...

Full article: http://www.menshealth.com.sg/health/six-hours-sleep-enough

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