Snoring and sleep apnea have been linked to negative health effects including heart disease and obesity. However, a new study indicated there may be a benefit to fitful sleep: burning calories!
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco studied over 200 adults with symptoms of sleep related breathing disorders. Researchers found that those who had the most disturbed sleep burned an average of almost 2,000 thousand calories while resting, compared to only 1600 calories by those who slept soundly.
Experts say other factors may contribute to weight gain among people with sleep related breathing disorders, like less physical activity during the day and an altered metabolism.