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    Sleep 9 hours a night to lose weight

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    SEATTLE, May 1 (UPI) -- Sleeping too much does not make one fat -- in fact, sleeping more than 9 hours a night may suppress genetic influences on body weight, U.S. researchers say.

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    You wish... I feel great on ~ 7-7.5 hours of sleep, and can't seem to sleep any more even when I have time to sleep. My husband is overweight, I am not, and he tends to sleep closer to 9 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    You wish... I feel great on ~ 7-7.5 hours of sleep, and can't seem to sleep any more even when I have time to sleep. My husband is overweight, I am not, and he tends to sleep closer to 9 hours.
    I too can't ever... EVER sleep more than 8 hours (even if I go out the previous night). I just wake up, I used to hate it, but now I just roll with it and get my day started. I feel okay on 6 hours, and awesome on 7. 9 or above and I actually feel sluggish. I do take measures to go to sleep at 11pm at the latest (esp during the work week) because no matter what time I go to sleep, my body naturally wakes up around 7 am, probably due to the fact that I wake up around 6:20 for work.

    Forgot to mention that my gf averages 8-9 and while she's not actively trying to lose weight, she's also not magically losing it just due to her sleeping habits.
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    There's a whole book about the sleep/weight loss connection:
    http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Sle...5969226&sr=8-2

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    8 to 9 hours is perfect for me... if I ever get it. *sigh*

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    Optimal sleep is whatever your body is asking for. Everyone is different. Denying your body the sleep it needs is what does the damage. If it takes 9 to wake up refreshed, give it 9. If you wake before the alarm with 7 then good for you.

    I routinely average around 7, which isnt optimal, and will take 9 or 10 when I can get it. I do know for sure that when I'm eating optimally I perform better on less sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grok View Post
    That's interesting. Maybe that is why my fat loss stalls on and off? I would love to get over nine hours sleep a night - would be a lie in every day. Instead I stay up late on my computer and then wake up late without really enough sleep. I should give this a try.

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    I do take measures to go to sleep at 11pm at the latest (esp during the work week) because no matter what time I go to sleep, my body naturally wakes up around 7 am, probably due to the fact that I wake up around 6:20 for work.
    Lol, I get up about 4 am, normally a few minutes before the alarm goes off. I go off to bed between 8 and 9 pm. I am up at 5:30 on Saturday, and I call it 'sleeping in'. Heh. Too bad gym is not opened till 7 am on the weekends!
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    Sleeping nine hours is nice, but not always doable. Some days I do better on nine and others I do better on seven or eight. I slept in like a dog today, got like ten hours of sleep, and the weight loss was hardly effected at all. Just depends on my body I guess. *shrugs*
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    I woke up with four hours, without issue, for some odd reason. I don't know if I should force the remaining three, to four, hours - just to get that "necessary" amount of sleep.
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