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Wednesday 10 Jan 2018 04.12 PM

Sleeping for longer may lead to healthier diet: study

sleeping, healthier diet, study

Spending an extra hour in bed each night may help reduce the intake of sugary foods and lead to a healthier diet, according to a study. Sleep is a modifiable risk factor for various conditions including obesity and cardio-metabolic disease, researchers said. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the impact of increasing sleep hours on nutrient intake.

The researchers from King's College London in the UK found that extending sleep patterns resulted in a 10-gramme reduction in reported intake of free sugars compared to baseline levels. They also noticed trends for reduced intake of total carbohydrates reported by the sleep extension group.
"The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets," said Wendy Hall from King's College London.

The 21 participants allocated to the sleep extension group undertook a 45-minute sleep consultation which aimed to extend their time in bed by up to 1.5 hours per night. A further 21 control group participants received no intervention in their sleep patterns. Each participant in the sleep extension group received a list with a minimum of four appropriate sleep hygiene behaviours that were personalised to their lifestyle (such as avoiding caffeine before bed time, establishing a relaxing routine and not going to bed too full or hungry) and a recommended bed time. PTI

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