Let’s fig­ure out why it is impor­tant to fol­low the regime.

Researchers at the Mayo Clin­ic have dis­cov­ered whether lack of sleep can increase lev­els of vis­cer­al fat deep in the abdom­i­nal cav­i­ty. Accord­ing to research, this is pos­si­ble, in addi­tion, this ten­den­cy car­ries seri­ous health risks as it accu­mu­lates near vital organs.

Don’t self-med­icate! In our arti­cles, we col­lect the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and opin­ions from respect­ed health experts. But remem­ber: only a doc­tor can make a diag­no­sis and pre­scribe treat­ment.

What did scientists find out?

In their work, the researchers fig­ured out why vis­cer­al fat is dan­ger­ous, that is, invis­i­ble fat that can sur­round the liv­er, intestines or oth­er inter­nal organs. Experts also fig­ured out what pro­vokes its for­ma­tion, name­ly, how sleep can play a reg­u­la­to­ry role in this mat­ter.

How did the research work?

Sci­en­tists decid­ed to con­duct an exper­i­ment in which they invit­ed 12 vol­un­teers to par­tic­i­pate. Experts divid­ed all the sub­jects into two groups: the first includ­ed peo­ple with a nor­mal sleep pat­tern, from 9 hours a day, the sec­ond — with a dis­turbed sleep pat­tern, only 4 hours for two weeks. How­ev­er, not a sin­gle vol­un­teer was obese.

This hap­pened for sev­er­al weeks, then the par­tic­i­pants changed their habits and…

It turned out that dur­ing the peri­od of sleep restric­tion, the sub­jects con­sumed about 300 calo­ries more than need­ed, and their ener­gy expen­di­ture remained the same. This reg­i­men led to a slight weight gain, but vis­cer­al fat increased by 11 per­cent.

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