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Can You Sleep Yourself Thin?

If you want to lose weight you should “get more sleep”, says the U.K. Daily Mail. The newspaper says that going on a ‘sleep diet’ of extra shuteye may be a more relaxing way to shed pounds than counting calories or going to the gym.

While the idea of sleeping yourself thin may seem like a dream come true, these claims are rather unfortunately not wholly supported by the research behind them. They are based on a study that explored whether the amount of sleep someone gets alters the way their genetics influence their body mass index (BMI). To do so, researchers looked at the sleep patterns of twins, both genetically identical and non-identical, so that they could establish how much genetics influenced BMI, and how much sleep modified the relationship.

Researchers found that regularly getting fewer hours of sleep was associated with slightly increased BMI, with sleeping less than seven hours a night associated with genetic factors having an increased influence over BMI. Conversely, sleeping nine hours or more per night was associated with having slightly lower BMI and genes having a reduced influence over BMI.

The study is limited in some respects, including the fact that participants reported their own height, weight and sleep duration, making the results potentially less reliable. The study also assessed sleep and BMI at the same time, making it difficult to determine whether sleep could influence BMI or vice versa. Most importantly, this study has not looked at whether changing our sleep patterns can actually go on to influence our BMIs. It merely suggests that in a population that sleeps less, genetic factors may have a greater influence on BMI.


A Pork Stir-fry Dish


12 oz pork tenderloin
1 samll onion
1 red bell pepper
12 oz broccoli floret
2 cloves garlic (minced)
8 oz fresh pineapple (cut in small chunks)
4 cups cooked white rice


3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp hot chili flakes
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup water
juice of 1/2 lime


  1. Cut pork into strips.
  2. Cut onion into long thin strips. Core and seed bell pepper, then slice into strips. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl, set aside.
  4. Heat 2 tsp oil in wok. Stir-fry broccoli, onion and bell pepper for 2 minutes. Remove.
  5. Add 1 tbsp oil to wok, sauté garlic until fragrant. Add pork. Stir-fry until no longer pink.
  6. Mix in sauce ingredients. Return vegetables to wok. Add pineapple. Toss to combine. When the sauce boils and thickens, remove to serving plates with cooked white rice. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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