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Jan 10

WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY: SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS

Did you ever notice the less sleep you get the more food you want to eat?

A new study says when you sleep 90 minutes more a night, you will crave less sugar during the day.

Scientists from King’s College London have discovered that people who sleep for longer are less likely to pick sugary treats, or reach for comforting carbohydrates.

 

Lack of sleep was already known to be a risk factor for obesity because it alters levels of hormones which control appetite.

 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS—
 But a new study showed that by getting more sleep, people naturally choose healthier foods within a week, eating on average 10 grams less sugar each day.

Principal investigator, Dr Wendy Hall, of the Department of Nutritional Sciences said: “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.”

Lack of sleep may trigger hormones linked to appetite which make people eat more 
Lack of sleep may trigger hormones linked to appetite which make people eat more 
Lead researcher, Haya Al Khatib, also from Kings College added: “Sleep duration and quality is an area of increasing public health concern and has been linked as a risk factor for various conditions. We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach.

“Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices. This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies.

The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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