Trying to lose a little weight? Maybe gain a healthier diet? Well, we've got just the solution for it. And no, it doesn't involve running or dieting. It, in fact, involves sleeping! The study has revealed that spending an extra hour in bed each night may help reduce the intake of sugary foods and lead to a healthier diet. Also, sleep is a modifiable risk factor for various conditions including obesity and cardio-metabolic disease, researchers have said. This study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the impact of increasing sleep hours on nutrient intake.
"The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets," said Wendy Hall from King's College London. The study revealed that as many as 86 percent of those who received sleep advice increased time spent in bed and a half increased their sleep duration (ranging from 52 minutes to nearly 90 minutes). "Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices," said Haya Al Khatib from King's College London. "This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies," Khatib said.