Calorie Restriction improves our ability to sleep, sexual function and mood for healthy and nonobese adults.

Cutting calories is difficult in a world where it’s easy to overconsume calories. And too many people fail to stick to their diets, especially during the holidays. This reporter is guilty as well. While some gain their weight back, others continued to do fairly well well. I've heard of folks getting up in the middles of sleep to eat and that is not a good practice. Cum si cum so?

A JAMA published study reveals that calorie restriction increases longevity in many species and reduces risk factors for chronic diseases. In humans, it may improve health span.

Also, a recent study published in the American Psychological Association journal reports that early risers are generally happier than night owls. Nearly one thousand people ranging from ages 17-79 were surveyed and asked about their emotional state, health and preferred time of day.

Self-professed morning people reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls. Part of the reason, the researchers hypothesized, is that our society has structured the workday as a common 8-5 time period, which focuses more on a morning person’s schedule.

Also, beware of sexsomnia. Even stranger than sleep-eating is sleep sex or sexsomnia. First described in a 1996 case study of seven individuals, sleep sex can range from annoying sexual moans to dangerous self-injurious masturbation to criminal sexual assault or rape. In at least five controversial cases, men have been acquitted of sexual assault by arguing that they were asleep during the attack.

Most research on sexsomnia has involved small case studies. The largest study, an Internet survey of 219 people who said they experienced sleep sex, is limited because it relied on self-reports. Even so, that study, which was published in in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, suggested that sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol, drugs and physical contact with a bed partner play a role. But no one knows why some people respond to these triggers with sexual behavior.

Early Risers are Happier, Healthier, and More Productive Than Night Owls. | Psychology Today

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