Sleeping for longer linked to healthier diet, says study

Sleeping for longer linked to healthier diet, says study

The study shows that more than one-third of US adults get 6 hours or less of sleep each night which is lower than the standard sleeping time.

She added: "We hope to investigate this finding further with longer-term studies examining nutrient intake and continued adherence to sleep extension behaviours in more detail, especially in populations at risk of obesity or cardiovascular disease".

A 2011 study that followed more than 1500 middle-aged people for six years found that those who became obese during that time, compared with 7.2 hours in those who kept a healthier body weight.

During the study, 21 volunteers who usually sleep less than seven hours per night were asked to attend counseling sessions to learn techniques to sleep longer hours.

They found that when people slept longer, they ate about 10 grams less sugar each day than average levels of sugar intake.

The statistics also implied, but this protracted sleep could have been of the lower grade than the control class and investigators think an amount of adjustment to some new pattern might be required.

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. There were no significant diet differences shown in the group who did not change their sleeping habits during the study. Three participants achieved a weekly average within the recommended seven to nine hours. By the end of the week, the participants were eating less sugar and carbs than at the beginning of the trial. Sleeping longer also reduced the total intake of carbohydrates.

In the study, the researchers recruited 21 individuals to participate in a 45-minute sleep consultation created to extend their sleep time by up to 1.5 hours per night.

Each person in the sleep extension group received a list with a minimum of four appropriate sleep hygiene behaviors that were personalized 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 bedtime.

A night in a sleep laboratory reveals how to get a better night's rest.

Lead researcher Haya Al-Khatib from the Department of Nutritional Sciences said: "Sleep duration and quality is an area of increasing public health concern and has been linked as a risk factor for various conditions".

Researcher Dr. Wendy Hall said it "suggests a simple change in lifestyle may help people consume healthier diets".