Haute Health Tip of the Week: The Skinny on Sleep

Sleep Sheets Launch
Serena Williams attends Sleep Sheets Launch at Empire Hotel on April 27, 2012 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »This week's health tip just happens to address one of our very favorite topics: sleep. Something we ardently love, but—thanks to work, family, and a social life—we never seem to get enough of. Today, however, Women's Health warned us that how many (or few) hours you clock a night can significantly impact your metabolism.

To summarize, the Annals of Internal Medicine did a study on seven young healthy subjects and found that "...four nights of sleep deprivation reduced insulin sensitivity in fat cells by a whopping 30 percent." So what? Well, that reduction metabolically ages you 10-20 years. Yikes!

Health.com filled us in on some of the other surprising benefits to snoozing, including a better memory,
reduced inflammation, sharper focus, increased creativity, lower stress, and even overall happiness. Makes sense. Perhaps, this is why the tech industry has embraced napping at work. And maybe even the secret behind Diane Kruger and Charlize Theron's flawless complexions.

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