Sleep More, Weigh Less

A study focusing on teens shows that lack of sleep not only makes you tired, but it can also make you gain weight.

"Sleep is very important. It's just like exercise and eating healthy. It's all a cycle itself together," says sleep specialist Nikki Mills.

Without a good night's rest it's difficult to keep your eyes open- and to keep the pounds off.  

"Sleep Deprivation does increase a person's appetite, causing them to eat foods that aren't good for them. Sweet foods, deep fried food," says Mills.

A study at the University of Pennsylvania followed a thousand teens for four years and found more sleep would help teens control their weight. Sleep specialist Nikki Mills says the correlation between sleep deprivation and weight gain is two-fold.

"If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not going to have energy to stay active."

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