Sleep to eat better?


Sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to overeating and cravings for junk food. As it turns out, the opposite may hold true, too: Extending sleep may help to shift eating patterns for the better. In a recent study, a small group of people who usually slept less than seven hours a night were counseled about sleep hygiene steps, like avoiding caffeine near bedtime and creating a relaxing routine, with the goal of increasing the amount of time they slept. For most people, it worked: 86 percent spent more time in bed, and half slept longer. And, lo and behold, over the course of a week, the “extended sleepers” lowered their daily intake of added sugar by about 10 fewer grams and less carbohydrates overall — a great start to a more balanced diet. Given the links between sleep, diet, mood, and chronic illnesses like diabetes, dementia, stroke, and heart disease, it’s important to take some time to assess your sleep patterns and commit to good-sleep habits. See your doctor for persistent sleep issues.

Source: Sleep extension is a feasible lifestyle intervention in free-living adults who are habitually short sleepers: a potential strategy for decreasing intake of free sugars? A randomized controlled pilot study

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." Thomas Dekker

Posted on March 23, 2018 and filed under nutrition.