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

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