Sleeping for longer each night is a very simple lifestyle intervention which could decrease intake of sugary foods and lead to some generally wholesome diet, as reported by some King's College London analyze.
The study has been published in the journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on 8th January. Their added sugar intake reduced by 10 grams the next day when the team compared the amount with the amount of sugar they consumed at the beginning of the test.
Free sugars are added to foods by manufacturers or in cooking at home and are also present in honey, syrups and fruit juice.
Who would have ever thought that getting 40 extra winks could make you slimmer?
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.
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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.
At the end of the trial, the researchers found that 86 percent of those in the sleep advice group increase their time spent in bed - and just over half increased their sleep duration from anywhere to 52 to 90 minutes.
86 percent of the people in the sleep consultation group increased their amount of time in bed, and half increased their actual time spent asleep, from 52 to nearly 90 minutes.
'We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach, ' lead researcher Haya Al Khatib, from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, stated.
"Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices".
"We hope to investigate this finding further with longer-term studies examining nutrient intake and continued adherence to sleep extension behaviours in more detail, especially in populations at risk of obesity or cardio-vascular disease".