Getting an extra 20 minutes’ sleep each night can help boost weight loss, a study suggests.
Those who stay in bed longer were found to consume 2½ fewer teaspoons of sugar per day — around 40 calories.
Experts said the “simple lifestyle intervention” led to healthier diets as people are attracted to junk food when tired and have less time to eat bad grub if they are asleep. Haya Al Khatib, from King’s College London’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, said: “Our results show the more sleep you get the better you eat.
“Extra time in bed is an easy way to help people with their health, diet and weight loss.” The study involved 42 participants who slept fewer than seven hours a night.
Half were told to avoid caffeine before bed, stay off smartphones in the bedroom and not go to bed hungry. The other half were given no advice. Read more