The more sleep you get, the less sugar and carbs you eat.
Wendy Hall, at King’s College London, and colleagues asked 42 individuals join the study. Half of them were advised to avoid caffeine before bed, to establish a relaxing routine, and to not to go to bed too full or hungry for a good night sleep. This is to help them increase the amount of sleep they get every night by about 90 minutes. The other half weren't given any of such advice.
Of those who were advised, 86 per cent spent more time in bed, with about half sleeping longer than they usually do. What's more is that these extended sleep patterns linked with an significant free sugars (i.e. those added by manufacturers to food or you use when cooking and includes sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice) intake reduction of 10 grams a day. In short, they're making better nutritional choices! Those who got more sleep also ate fewer carbohydrates. While for the other half, no significant changes in diet were observed.
“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.
There have even been previous studies that has linked diet and sleep. For one, 2011 study that focused on middle-aged people observed 1500 participants for six years. They found that those who slept an average of 6.3 hours a night became obese while those who snoozed for 7.2 hours had a healthier body weight.
So, the more reason to stay in bed, don't you think? Next time somebody bugs you to getting up, just answer "I'm trying to make better nutritional choices! Leave me alone!"
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