Study Finds Possible Mechanism for Link Between Sleep Disturbances and Metabolic Syndrome

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An interesting study, conducted on mice, indicates that poor sleep patterns may lead to obesity, diabetes, cholesterol and other health patterns. The study compliments existing research that has shown a link between sleep habits and diabetes.

A new mouse study suggests that a brain system that controls the sleep/wake cycle might also play a role in regulating appetite and metabolism. Mice with a mutation in a gene called “Clock,” which helps drive circadian rhythm, ate significantly more and gained more weight. The finding could help explain why disrupted sleep patterns