Want to become fitter and eat better? Start sleeping more from today!

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They added that their findings suggest "increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices".

During the study, 21 volunteers who usually sleep less than seven hours per night were asked to attend counseling sessions to learn techniques to sleep longer hours. They also noticed that the participants who slept better, they reduced their intake of carbohydrates as well.

However, the researchers admitted that further long term studies needed to be conducted to assess the link between sleep and the "risk of obesity or cardio-vascular disease".

Wendy Hall, a senior lecturer in the Department of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences at King's College London and a senior author of the study, said sugars that they measured for this study included sugars added to cooking as well as those added by manufacturers to food such as syrups etc. "We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach", researcher Haya Al-Khatib said.

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.

"It can be hard to make healthy lifestyle choices when we're exhausted and so getting a good night's sleep might be more important than we think".

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.

The team found that, of those who were given the advice, 86 per cent spent more time in bed, and around half than they used to.

The statistics also implied, but this protracted sleep could have been of the lower grade than the control class and investigators think an amount of adjustment to some new pattern might be required. Three of the participants achieved a weekly average of more than 7 hours sleep a night.

Those in the other group did not extend their time sleeping significantly. Keep the intake of oil and sugar minimal which will further help in reducing the risk of heart problems. They conclude that it might take a little more time to get into a new sleep routine; Kenny G can only do so much. She added that it has already been studied previously that poor sleep meant poor diets.

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