Those in the other group did not extend their time sleeping significantly.
Who would have ever thought that getting 40 extra winks could make you slimmer? Half the participants were given advice on how to get more sleep - such as avoiding caffeine before bed, establishing a relaxing routine, and trying not to go to bed too full or hungry.
Those who stay in bed longer were found to consume 2½ fewer teaspoons of sugar per day - around 40 calories. Another group of 21 participants were also recruited but did not receive intervention in their sleep patterns, therefore serving as the control group, according to the study. Their added sugar intake reduced by 10 grams the next day when the team compared the amount with the amount of sugar they consumed at the beginning of the test. The team also noticed a decrease in the amount of carbohydrate intake in the daily diet.
86 per cent of the group presented with sleep suggestions managed to increase their time in bed by an average of 55 minutes and half boosted their sleep by 21 minutes on average. Fifty percent of the group increased their sleep duration by 52 minutes to almost 90 minutes.
These participants were all people who previously slept less than seven hours a night, the recommended minimum time adults should sleep.
The data also suggested, however, that this extended sleep may have been of lesser quality than the control group and researchers believe that a period of adjustment to any new routine may be required.
The group has provided a chart which contained some suggestions to get better sleep.
Sleep can be actually a modifiable risk factor for assorted conditions including obesity and cardio-metabolic disorder with several amounts indicating more than just a third of older people within the united kingdom are still not obtaining enough rest.
'Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices. As per the new study, proper sleep can enhance diet and help to lose weight.
She added: "We hope to investigate this finding further with longer-term studies examining nutrient intake and continued adherence to sleep extension behaviours in more detail, especially in populations at risk of obesity or cardiovascular disease".
Lead researcher Haya Al Khatib added: 'We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach.