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4 Your Health: the benefits of reading out loud and sleep tied to weight loss and mental health

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The secret to weight loss just might be a good night's sleep.

A new British study followed a group of healthy adults who slept less than seven hours a night. Scientists noticed people who increased their sleep time by just an hour or 90-minutes,made better food choices. They ate less sugar and fewer carbs than those who slept less.

Previous research has shown a link between sleep deprivation and obesity.

Lack of sleep and mental health

A separate study suggests a lack of sleep may also affect mental health. 

Researchers found people who slept less than eight hours a night were more likely to have repetitive, negative thoughts. This type of thinking can increase the risk of anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders.

Speak up to remember

If you want to remember something important say it out loud.

Canadian researchers asked 95 people to retain written information in four different ways. Their memory was best when they read aloud rather than reading silently or hearing a recording.

Experts said these findings suggest action and activity may help boost memory.

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