A new study suggests that getting one hour of extra sleep per night, will help you lose some extra pounds, and keep them off.
You have probably heard of lack of sleep being linked to obesity, but it has rarely been looked at the other way. A team of researchers from King's College London set out to find out if this could be true.
In the study, the researchers looked at the impact of increasing sleep hours on nutrient intake, and the results they found were kind of shocking, and very exciting for those of use who love sleep.
They had 21 participants, who normally didn't get the right amount of sleep, take part in the study. They had these participants attempt to increase their sleep by 90 minutes each night, to see the results the extra sleep gave them.
The participants were given a list of things to do to help them increase sleep time. This was things such as, less caffeine and a change in routine.
Throughout the study, participants were also asked to wear a motion sensor, to detect their habits, as well as a keep a food diary of everything they ate.
Results showed that 86% of those who had received sleep advice increased their time in bed, with 50% of them actually increasing their sleep duration.
When researchers examined any changed habits with the participants who were sleeping for an extra hour, they found the results they were looking for.
Dr Haya Al Khatibi, lead author of the study, said, “Our results suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices."
These are the results they found.