An hour shaved from shuteye here, twenty minutes there. What are the dangers of insomnia? The cost might be larger than you think. When a team at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar evaluated the sleep patterns of over 500 participants over the course of a year, they calculated that those with sleep debt were 72% more likely to be obese than their counterparts.
Certain herbs and tinctures have long been associated with relaxation and improved sleep. While modern science has explained the mechanism behind some of these remedies, others remain elusive; but in either case, countless people have found they can make a positive difference in the timing and the quality of their sleep.
Sure, one late night might make you groggy, but here’s something we weren’t expecting: According to a study published in Biological Rhythm Research, when a group of football players reduced the number of hours they slept, their physical performance — including peak strength and reaction times — went down after just one late night.