Sleeping for long hours may lead to healthier diet, suggests study

Sleeping for long hours may lead to healthier diet, suggests study

They unearthed extending sleep patterns caused a 10-gram lowering of reported ingestion of absolutely free sugars compared to baseline amounts.

A study by researchers at King's College in London found that getting the adequate amount of sleep each night can lead you to eat fewer junk foods that are loaded with sugars and fats.

Study participants in the group whose sleep was extended underwent a 45-minute sleep consultation which aimed to extend their time in bed by up to 1.5 hours per night.

Volunteers in the other group continued with their pattern of getting insufficient sleep.

Commenting on the findings, the principal investigator, Dr Wendy Hall, from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, said: "The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars.suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets". Each participant in the sleeping expansion category obtained a set with a minimum of four most appropriate rest hygiene behaviours that were personalised with their own way of life and also a advocated bedtime.

"Pretty much everyone's New Year's resolution is to lose weight, to eat more healthily or to exercise more".

For the next seven days, all participants kept sleep and estimated food diaries.

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Earlier research has shown that more than one-third of US adults get 6 hours or less of sleep each night - less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours, according to the study.

Of the focus group, half of the participants were given tips on how to sleep for longer which included reducing caffeine intake and establishing a night time routine. In contrast, no change was see in a control group whose sleep did not improve.

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The team suggested that any new sleep routine will take some time to get used to. With that in mind, the researchers chose to examine whether a sleep consultation could help adults get more shut-eye and how doing so might affect their daily nutrient intake.

"Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices. This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies", added lead researcher Haya Al Khatib.

It's not clear exactly why sleeping more improves our diets in this way but the researchers think it's probably a combination of two things: more time in bed leaves less time for late-night snacks while the less exhausted we are the less we crave sugary foods such as ice cream and chocolates to make us feel better.

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