Sleeping More Could Help You Cut Down On Sugar And Lose Weight

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13 January, 2018

Researchers at King's College London found that getting more sleep reduced the amount of sugar adults ate, and generally led to a healthier diet in those who reported sleeping less than the recommended minimum for adults of seven hours.

The remaining volunteers did not receive a consultation and were told to go about their normal behaviors and keep their regular schedules.

This isn't the first study to link diet and sleep.

According to the study, published today (Jan. 9) in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, lack of sleep that is less than the recommended seven hours a night is linked to various health conditions, including obesity and cardiometabolic diseases which include heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Getting more sleep may help you lose weight and improve your diet, according to a United Kingdom study.

The study was originally created to investigate whether or not it was possible to successfully help volunteers extend the amount of time they sleep during the evening through a series of tips and pointers.

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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". During this session, the sleep extension group were given at least four helpful hints to lengthen their sleep time, including information about reducing caffeine intake - having a coffee just before bedtime makes it harder to drop off (who knew?) - and setting up relaxing routines, such as a warm bath and some Kenny G.

The group has provided a chart which contained some suggestions to get better sleep. A further 21 control group participants received no intervention in their sleep patterns.

The researchers from King's College London followed 21 healthy short-sleepers who participated in a series of tests in efforts to extend their sleep duration.

There was no difference in the control group. "We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach", researcher Haya Al-Khatib said.

He continued that they hope to further examine nutrient intake and sleep patterns, especially in longer-term studies and populations that are at a higher risk of obesity or cardiovascular problems. "It is notoriously hard to change people's health behaviors, and the important thing about our study is that we have established that it is possible to successfully increase time in bed and also sleep duration", she says.


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