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Concerns over weight and pressure to be thin are causing young women to lose sleep, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Texas.

The study, which was presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, showed that issues over body image accounted for different levels of sleep experienced by adolescent girls.

Katherine Marczyk, the lead researcher in the project, said: "There is a significant amount of research in other areas regarding pressure on adolescent females to minimise body weight, but this pressure as it relates to sleep health is a less-explored topic and its consequences are mostly unknown."

She went on to suggest that the fact the study had uncovered a link between sleep deprivation and weight concerns could prove a first step in exploring the issue further.

A study by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has shown that women who get five hours sleep or less a night weigh more than those who have at least seven hours rest.ADNFCR-858-ID-800578607-ADNFCR

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