Sleeping More Could Help You Cut Down On Sugar And Lose Weight
Jan 12, 2018, 03:21
"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", says Hall.
The study involved a group of 42 participants who reported usually getting less than seven hours of sleep per night.
In saying this, it is important to also note that because the study was just a pilot, further research needs to be done to identify whether or not extending sleeping habits can really be the answer to a healthier weight.
This, in turn, significantly reduces the risk of obesity and cardio-metabolic problems such as strokes, diabetes and heart disease.
This meant they were generally eating less food that contained sugars added by manufacturers, as well as sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice.
The researchers believe that this demonstrates a clear link between poor sleep patterns and spikes in sugar and carbohydrate consumption, suggesting that increased sleep times help the body get into a healthy pattern that extends to diet. On average, the study participants were able to get 90 more minutes of sleep during the seven day trial period.
Is the trick to cutting cravings for sugary foods as simple as getting a good night's sleep? During this session, the sleep extension group were given at least four helpful hints to lengthen their sleep time, including information about reducing caffeine intake - having a coffee just before bedtime makes it harder to drop off (who knew?) - and setting up relaxing routines, such as a warm bath and some Kenny G. Whereas, the second control group of 21 participants received no intervention in their sleeping patterns. Half of them also increased sleep duration - ranging from 52 minutes to nearly 90 minutes. There were no significant changes in diet in the control group. Three of the participants achieved a weekly average of more than 7 hours sleep a night. This lasted for about a month and after that, people reduced their sugar intake of about 9.9- 9.7 gram on daily bases.
A new study has done the reverse by demonstrating, to the surprise of the researchers, that improved sleep has positive effects on diet.
"Sleep duration and quality is an area of increasing public health concern and has been linked as a risk factor for various conditions", lead researcher, Haya Al Khatib, from the Department of Nutritional Sciences said.
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