Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Adequate Sleep Can Help Reduce Sugar Intake

Adequate Sleep Can Help Reduce Sugar Intake

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.

Study participants in the group whose sleep was extended underwent a 45-minute sleep consultation which aimed to extend their time in bed by up to 1.5 hours per night.

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.

According to the researchers, more than a third of United Kingdom adults don't get enough sleep.

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.

Participants kept sleep and food diaries and wore wrist motion sensors to detect how long they slept for. But while 57 per cent believed they had increased activity levels, their devices showed a "downward trend" from the overall group average of 500 steps an hour. The study involved 42 participants who slept fewer than seven hours a night.

All of the participants were asked to record their sleep and dietary patterns for seven days. 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.

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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. We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach. Alongside this, the investigators undertook a pilot evaluation that appeared over the effect of climbing sleep hours on nutrient intake.

"This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies", Khatib said.

It's not clear exactly why sleeping more improves our diets in this way but the researchers think it's probably a combination of two things: more time in bed leaves less time for late-night snacks while the less exhausted we are the less we crave sugary foods such as ice cream and chocolates to make us feel better.

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