Sweet dreams: a good night's sleep helps you cut sugar

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The participants who received sleep consultations were advised to avoid caffeine before going to bed, start a relaxing night time routine and not go to bed feeling too full or hungry.

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

According to a study, conducted by King's College London, individuals who do not get the recommended amount of sleep every day, or people essentially functioning on less than seven hours of sleep, tend to lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

A new study coming from the United Kingdom has suggested the easiest way which can help people to reduce sugar production inside the body and which can reduce their body weight. On the other side, they also selected another 21 participants, but they did not get intervention in their sleep patterns, named that group as the control group.

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.

Getting more sleep resulted in a 10-gram (two-and-a-half teaspoons) reduction in reported intake of free sugars compared to baseline levels.

The majority (86%) of those who received sleep advice increased time spent in bed and half increased their sleep duration (ranging from 52 minutes to almost 90 minutes).

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After carrying out this study, they reduce their unhealthy sugars intake by 10kg equivalent, which is also the equivalent of half a slice of cake with icing, or three chocolate digestives.

The group has provided a chart which contained some suggestions to get better sleep.

Lead researcher, Haya Al-Khatib, from your Department of Nutritional Sciences commented: 'snooze duration and quality is also a place of increasing general health concern and has also been connected to a risk factor for a variety of conditions.

This isn't the first study to link diet and sleep.

For seven days following the consultation, participants kept sleep and estimated food diaries and a wrist-worn motion sensor which measured exactly how long participants slept, as well as time spent in bed before falling asleep.

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".

As if we needed an excuse to stay in bed longer...

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