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Are You Suffering From Social Jet Lag?
This doesn't just make us feel tired and distracted--the researchers have found that living against your body clock can also make you gain weight. In a recent paper in Current Biology, Roenneberg estimates that for every hour of social jet lag, the risk of being overweight or obese rises about 33 percent, NPR reports.
Roenneberg's (rather unhelpful) advice is to pay attention to your body clock and get as much sleep as you need. But it's just not practical for most of us to get back on the sun's schedule--even modern farmers probably stay up past dusk to check email, Skype with Mom and watch HBO. We all know that sleeping differently on the weekends than you do during the week does you no favors. The fact that it makes social jet lag worse is one more reason to avoid staying up late on Saturday nights and snoozing on Sundays. By making it a priority to keep a consistent sleep schedule, at least then you'll only be juggling two clocks instead of three.
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