Sleeping for longer may lead to healthier diet

Sleeping for longer may lead to healthier diet

In the United States, that number looks much the same: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in three adults is not getting the suggested seven-hour nightly minimum.

Majority were able to increase the amount of time they slept by between 52 and 90 minutes a night through measures such as avoiding caffeine before bed, relaxing in the evening and not eating too much or too little before they put their heads down. On the other side, they also selected another 21 participants, but they did not get intervention in their sleep patterns, named that group as the control group.

Each person in the sleep extension group received a list with a minimum of four appropriate sleep hygiene behaviors that were personalized to their lifestyle (such as avoiding caffeine before bed time, establishing a relaxing routine, and not going to bed too full or hungry) and a recommended bedtime.

They found that when a group of people who slept less than seven hours a night were helped to get an average of just 21 minutes extra shut-eye, they cut their intake of unhealthy "free", or added, sugars by nearly 10g - a third of their daily allowance.

On average, the groups were able to add 90 minutes to their daily sleep patterns over the seven-day study.

And they also cut down on their carb intake.

A new study has done the reverse by demonstrating, to the surprise of the researchers, that improved sleep has positive effects on diet. All the participants had a motion sensor on their wrists which kept a record of their sleeping hours and also record the amount of time they spent in bed before sleeping. There were no significant differences shown in the other group.


"It can be hard to make healthy lifestyle choices when we're exhausted and so getting a good night's sleep might be more important than we think".

Sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach.

Lead researcher, Haya Al-Khatib, from your Department of Nutritional Sciences commented: 'snooze duration and quality is also a place of increasing general health concern and has also been connected to a risk factor for a variety of conditions.

A new study by King's College London, however, is claiming that if you get just 20 minutes extra shut-eye a night can help stave off craving temptations.

"This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies", Khatib said.

As if we needed an excuse to stay in bed longer...

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