One of the major concerns which face us is the urge to gorge on sweet or salty food right through the day. There are bouts of hunger late in the night too and there is the temptation to belt sweet food. However, there is a way to control this urge.
As per a recent study, getting a good night’s sleep helps in reducing the desire for sweet and salty foods, intake of sugar and caloric content, which goes a long way in achieving your fitness goals.
It needs to be mentioned here that sleeping for less than seven hours is directly related with an increased cardio-metabolic risk — heart disease risk and metabolic disorders — but if the duration is increased, it helps cut down this risk. This was found out by lead author Rob Henst, Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
The study which was published in the Journal of Sleep Research found out that sleep extension was directly related with improved measures of insulin sensitivity and reductions in overall appetite, as well as less craving for sweet and salty foods.
“It is now apparent that poor sleep quality may be an equally important risk factor for cardio-metabolic diseases,” said Dale Rae from the varsity.
In order to arrive at this conclusion, researchers studied data which was collated from 138 people who were either healthy, healthy short-sleeping, overweight short-sleeping or hypertensive short-sleeping individuals.
Reducing sugar intake has several health benefits, few of which are listed below:
• Lose weight and prevent obesity.
• Have more energy throughout the day.
• Have clearer skin.
• Avoid mood swings.
• Reduce inflammation.
• Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Having a good night’s sleep is important for our mind and body. Do you experience any problems because of lack of sleep? Share with us by commenting below.