Sleeping is letting you away from a number of diseases

Sleeping is letting you away from a number of diseases

Of the focus group, half of the participants were given tips on how to sleep for longer which included reducing caffeine intake and establishing a night time routine.

They found that when a group of people who slept less than seven hours a night were helped to get an average of just 21 minutes extra shut-eye, they cut their intake of unhealthy "free", or added, sugars by nearly 10g - a third of their daily allowance. All the participants had a motion sensor on their wrists which kept a record of their sleeping hours and also record the amount of time they spent in bed before sleeping.

The researchers believe that this demonstrates a clear link between poor sleep patterns and spikes in sugar and carbohydrate consumption, suggesting that increased sleep times help the body get into a healthy pattern that extends to diet.

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.

Those in the other group did not extend their time sleeping significantly.

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.

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A night in a sleep laboratory reveals how to get a better night's rest. But missing out on the recommended minimum of 7 hours of nightly shut-eye is also linked to various health conditions, such as obesity and cardiometabolic diseases, which include diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to the study, published today (Jan. 9) in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study builds on earlier KCL research into how your sleep affects what you eat: a 2016 paper determined just one night of poor sleep subconsciously compels you to eat an average 385 calories more the next day.

This advice was meant to help them boost the amount of sleep they each got by 90 minutes a night.

"Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices", she said.

Lead researcher Haya Al Khatib added: 'We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach.

'We hope to investigate this finding further with longer-term studies examining nutrient intake and continued adherence to sleep extension behaviours in more detail, especially in populations at risk of obesity or cardiovascular disease'.

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