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Report: Oklahoma rates above average in lack of sleep

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Let's add another one to the list of "Things Oklahomans do too much/not enough." Sleep, as in, not enough of it.

According to a KFOR report, a new government study looked at sleep patterns of the 50 states. West Virginia gets the least sleep, but Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia are reportedly states with above average rates when it comes to lack of sleep.

And lack of sleep doesn't just mean being irritable at work. It can also " wait for it " cause obesity. Of course, it does (that dinner of fried chicken eaten on the couch while watching "Dancing with the Stars" probably didn't help, either).

Dr. Johnathan Schwartz, with the Integris Sleep Disorders Clinic, said tired people may opt for fatty foods. And we don't see a lot of sleepy folks at the gym, so we're guessing that fatty food gets to mosey on over for a nap on the hips, thighs and belly.

He explains it in doctor-speak: "Poor quality of sleep decreases leptin levels, which help to increase metabolism."

But that's not all. Fatter people also get less quality sleep.

"People who are overweight tend to exercise less," Schwartz said. "And it also increases further sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea."

So, let's get this straight. Fatties don't sleep well, and not sleeping well leads to becoming fatter? Man, what a vicious cycle.

Well, we here at Chicken-Fried News want to do our part, so we'll be instituting mandatory nap time from now on.

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