Hit snooze: Study shows that more sleep can stop sugar cravings

Experts Say Getting More Sleep Could Be The Key To Sticking To Your Diet

A recent study has found that an extra 20 minutes of sleep could help people in cutting down the consumption of unhealthy food and sugar by nearly 10g. The randomised controlled trial, which can be published inside the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, seemed over the feasibility of rising sleeping at adults who on average slept less than the recommended minimum for older people of hours. They were also given a specific bedtime.

"The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars, by which we mean the sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers or in cooking at home as well as sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice, suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets", said investigator Wendy Hall.

Who would have ever thought that getting 40 extra winks could make you slimmer? The study found that 86 percent of those in the sleep-consultation group ended up spending more time in bed, and half of them slept longer: between 52 and 90 minutes longer, to be exact.

From this study, it is clear that having extra hours of sleep can really do the magic, more especially for those that really want to watch their weight and eating healthy food void of sugar. This included advice such as avoiding caffeine before bed time, establishing a relaxing routine and not going to bed too full or hungry, tailored to their personal lifestyle. Another 21 participants didn't receive any sleep consultations.

Over the next week, participants wore motion sensors to bed and kept diaries detailing their sleep patterns and daily diets. There were no significant diet differences shown in the group who did not change their sleeping habits during the study.

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Scientists from King's College London have discovered that people who sleep for longer are less likely to pick sugary treats, or reach for comforting carbohydrates.

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.

They found that when people slept longer, they ate about 10 grams less sugar each day than average levels of sugar intake.

The researchers said that they hope to explore these findings further using longer-term studies to deeply examine nutrient intake and sleep-extension behaviors.