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Adequate Sleep Can Help Reduce Sugar Intake

Adequate Sleep Can Help Reduce Sugar Intake

"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".

Research shows the benefits a good night's sleep can have on your eating habits.

"Extra time in bed is an easy way to help people with their health, diet and weight loss".

For the study, the researchers selected 21 individuals and took them through a 45-minute sleep consultation program created to extend their sleep time by up to 1.5 hours in the very night. A study into extending sleep unexpectedly found that the recommended eight hours a night could also improve your diet, by significantly reducing sugar intake.

The data also suggested, however, that this extended sleep may have been of lesser quality than the control group and researchers believe that a period of adjustment to any new routine may be required.

There is also evidence to suggest that getting too little sleep, or poor sleep, may be linked to weight gain.

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Nearly all of those in the sleep extension group increased the overall time they spent in bed, and half increased their sleep duration by a little over an hour on average. They also wore a motion-sensor on their wrists that measured their sleep and how look it took them to get to sleep after getting in bed.

Dr Wendy Hall, of King's department of nutritional sciences, said: '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'.

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.

Then the team asked all the participants to maintain a record of their sleep and dietary patterns for seven days. Among the control group, researchers saw no change. "We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach", researcher Haya Al-Khatib said.

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