The more you sleep, the less likely you’ll feel the urge to eat sugary foods, according to a recent study. We all know that sleep is important but not all of us realize the health benefits that getting those extra Z’s provide. Previous studies have linked lack of sleep with higher risks for obesity and heart failure because it alters the hormones responsible for controlling appetite. The recent findings echo this data and add another benefit to staying a little longer in bed.
Scientists from King’s College London have discovered that adding 90 minutes to sleep sessions causes people to choose healthier foods. More so, people who sleep longer will eat on average 10 grams less of sugar per day.
Dr. Wendy Hall of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and lead researcher of the study explains how extending sleep is a simple change in lifestyle that helps people to consume healthier diets.
Dr. Hall and her team monitored 21 people who had a history of sleeping less than seven hours a night. The participants were sent to counseling in order for them to learn how to change their habits and allow themselves to sleep longer.
Then, the people had to keep a constant hour when they went to bed, stave off from caffeine and food and try to relax in the evenings. Thankfully, the counseling and the self-imposed goals helped add 90 minutes to their sleep sessions. The study lasted for a week.
The participants also had to keep a food diary. In it, researchers noticed that people who slept for longer were naturally inclined to eat less sugary foods and carbohydrates that before their sleep pattern change. Another group of 21 participants who did not receive any intervention in their sleep patterns were put in contrast.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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