An extra hour in bed may be better than a diet

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

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If your goal is to lose weight, an extra hour of sleep might do the trick, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers from King’s College London followed 21 healthy short-sleepers who participated in a series of tests in efforts to extend their sleep duration.

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. Their nutritional intake was also monitored throughout the study period.

After seven days, the pilot study found that the individuals who did manage to attain an extended sleep pattern reported eating 10 grams less of added sugars, as well as fewer carbohydrates, per day.

The scientist concluded that a small change in sleeping habits may be the key to helping people reduce their sugar cravings.

“The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars, by which we mean the sugars that are added to food my manufacturers or in cooking at home as well as…

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