Medicine

How 20 minutes' extra sleep could help you say no to cake

How 20 minutes' extra sleep could help you say no to cake

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.

From what the study, when you don't sleep properly, the brain cells reacts more positively to unhealthy food which makes one indulge in eating comfortably anything that goes.

The participants undertook a 45-minute sleep consultation, kept sleep diaries, and wore motion sensors that detected exactly how long they slept for, and how long they spent in bed before falling asleep.

The researchers also noticed trends for reduced intake of total carbohydrates reported by the group who had extended sleep time. Another group of 21 participants were also recruited but did not receive intervention in their sleep patterns, therefore serving as the control group, according to the study. In contrast, no change was see in a control group whose sleep did not improve.

The study was relatively small in scale - only 42 adults participated in it - but the results are actually quite interesting. They unearthed extending sleep patterns caused a 10-gram lowering of reported ingestion of absolutely free sugars compared to baseline amounts.

86 percent of the people in the sleep consultation group increased their amount of time in bed, and half increased their actual time spent asleep, from 52 to nearly 90 minutes.

The amount of sleep participants got each night proved to have a positive correlation with their diets.

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Getting an extra 20 minutes' sleep each night can help boost weight loss, a study suggests.

Experts said the "simple lifestyle intervention" led to healthier diets as people are attracted to junk food when exhausted and have less time to eat bad grub if they are asleep.

Sleep is a modifiable risk factor for various conditions including obesity and cardio-metabolic disease, researchers said.

'We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach, ' lead researcher Haya Al Khatib, from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, stated.

This isn't the first study to link diet and sleep.

Research shows the benefits a good night's sleep can have on your eating habits.

'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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