More Sleep Could Turn Teenagers Slimmer: Study

More Sleep Could Turn Teenagers Slimmer: StudyA research conducted over teenagers from Philadelphia area has suggested that teenagers giving more time to sleep tend to be thinner than those who sleep less. This interesting research has been conducted by the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine.

The surveyed teenagers were between freshman and senior years of high school. These teenagers were expected to report about their sleeping patterns after every six months. The study shows that every extra hour of sleep per night was indirectly related with body mass index (BMI).

The study therefore, suggests that if the sleep per night is increased by two hours for the teenagers at 18, it could decrease the overweight teens in the U. S. by 4% approximately. This method if adopted could reduce the number of obese teens remarkably by 50,000.

"Educating adolescents on the benefits of sleep and informing them of sleep hygiene practices has shown to have little impact on adolescent sleep duration", said Jonathan Mitchell, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The study author suggests that if the start timings of the schools are delayed, this could help teenagers in sleeping more. Studies conducted in the past have already suggested that if schools are delayed by 30 minutes a kid gets to sleep for additional 45 minutes every day.