The participants who received sleep consultations were advised to avoid caffeine before going to bed, start a relaxing night time routine and not go to bed feeling too full or hungry. There were no significant changes in diet in the control group. The study shows that more than one-third of USA adults get 6 hours or less of sleep each night which is lower than the standard sleeping time.
The study involved a group of 42 participants who reported usually getting less than seven hours of sleep per night.
A recent study found that simply drinking cherry juice before bedtime can also help people sleep longer.
But one of the common side effects of consistently not getting enough sleep is putting on weight.
86 percent of individuals who received sleeping advice increased time spent bed and also a half increased their sleep interval. Only three managed to average seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
86 percent of the people in the sleep consultation group increased their amount of time in bed, and half increased their actual time spent asleep, from 52 to nearly 90 minutes. These extended sleep patterns were associated with an average reduction in the intake of of 10 grams a day.
Habit of binge watching TV late into the night can also lead to sleep deprivation, which is another reason behind people turning to sugary intake and a junk food diet.
The group has provided a chart which contained some suggestions to get better sleep.
'Sleep duration and quality is an area of increasing public health concern and has been linked as a risk factor for various conditions'.
All the participants had a motion sensor on their wrists which kept a record of their sleeping hours and also record the amount of time they spent in bed before sleeping.
A new study found that an extra 20 minutes of sleep could be the key to shedding excess pounds but when talking about the previous study, it may not seem like the obvious way to lose weight.
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to lose weight, and you have a tough time staying away from candies, try getting more sleep, says a British study.
Senior study author Wendy Hall, a senior lecturer in the Department of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences at King's College London stated that the fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of added sugars, that means the sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers can be reduced inside the body through a proper sleep and it also suggests that a simple change in lifestyle can help people to consume healthier diets.
As if we needed an excuse to stay in bed longer...