'Social jet lag' could be linked to obesity

May 11, 2012

If your weekday sleep pattern is different than your weekends, you may be experiencing "social jet lag" and that, says a new study, could be linked to obesity and more.

Researchers have coined the term "social jet lag" to describe the common practice of following a different sleep pattern on the weekends. And this weekly disruption is more than just a nuisance.

A new study in the journal Current Biology finds people with different sleep schedules have triple the odds of being overweight.

Researchers suspect constant disturbances in the body's natural rhythms can affect overall health.

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