Friday, 16 November, 2018

To resist sugar's siren song, sleep a little longer every night

Experts Say Getting More Sleep Could Be The Key To Sticking To Your Diet To resist sugar's siren song, sleep a little longer every night
Melissa Porter | 11 January, 2018, 06:14

The results showed that the participants who increased the amount of sleep they got each night reduced their added sugar intake by as much as 10 grams the next day compared with the amount of sugar they consumed at the beginning of the study.

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition-published study, the researchers examined what happened when they extended the amount of time people slept each night.

These participants were all people who previously slept less than seven hours a night, the recommended minimum time adults should sleep.

The participants undertook a 45-minute sleep consultation, kept sleep diaries, and wore motion sensors that detected exactly how long they slept for, and how long they spent in bed before falling asleep.

The study found that 86% of participants in the sleep extension group increased the amount of time they spent in bed. The second group received no such guidance, and both groups were asked to record their sleep and diet habits for a full week.

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. On average, the study participants were able to get 90 more minutes of sleep during the seven day trial period. We have shown that sleeping customs can also be changed using relative simplicity in healthy older people utilizing a lively approach.

What if we told you there really is "one simple trick" to eating healthier? The investigators noticed trends for low ingestion of overall carbs reported through the sleep extension group.

'The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars, by which we mean the sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers or in cooking at home as well as sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice, suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets, ' says Dr Wendy Hall of King's department nutritional sciences.

There is also evidence to suggest that getting too little sleep, or poor sleep, may be linked to weight gain.

Majority were able to increase the amount of time they slept by between 52 and 90 minutes a night through measures such as avoiding caffeine before bed, relaxing in the evening and not eating too much or too little before they put their heads down.

A new study by King's College London, however, is claiming that if you get just 20 minutes extra shut-eye a night can help stave off craving temptations.

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