Here's Another Good Reason To Sleep For Longer!

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Whereas, the second control group of 21 participants received no intervention in their sleeping patterns.

There was no difference in the control group.

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to lose weight, and you have a tough time staying away from candies, try getting more sleep, says a British study. Previous research supports the theory that people who sleep for shorter stretches tend to consume more calories than long sleepers, and not getting enough sleep has also been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Half of the group (21 participants) received expert tips via a personal consultation on how to improve the amount of sleep they achieve each night.

So if you're trying to get healthy or trying to lose a bit of weight, maybe start off seeing just how much kip you're getting and work from there.

It's not clear exactly why sleeping more improves our diets in this way but the researchers think it's probably a combination of two things: more time in bed leaves less time for late-night snacks while the less exhausted we are the less we crave sugary foods such as ice cream and chocolates to make us feel better.

"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", Wendy Hall of King's College London, and senior author of the study, explains.

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.

Sleep is a modifiable risk factor for various conditions including obesity and cardio-metabolic disease, researchers said. After a month of better sleeping, people cut their sugar intake by an average of 9.6 grams a day - around a third of the recommended daily allowance, or about half a chocolate bar.

As many as 86 percent of those who received sleep advice increased time spent in bed and a half increased their sleep duration (ranging from 52 minutes to almost 90 minutes).

Al-Khatib said: "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".

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