Issue No. 20
Lose Weight, Sleep Better, Have a Healthier HeartDate: April 19, 2013
The benefits of whittling inches from your waistline are well known, from fitting into your “skinny” jeans to reducing your risk of a heart attack. A recent study at Johns Hopkins suggests that losing weight can help you get a better night’s sleep, too.
“The study found that weight loss, whether from diet alone or diet combined with exercise, improved sleep quality among people who are overweight or obese,” says Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., director of clinical and research exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins. “That translates to a reduced cardiac risk—not only because of weight loss, but because of a reduction in symptoms of sleep apnea, a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”
According to the study, Stewart says, people who lost fat from around the midsection experienced more striking benefits.