Suffer from serial snacking? Unable to keep your hand out of the biscuit tin, crisp bag or confectionary cupboard? Worry not, your luck is about to change. And here’s the best bit, if you do it right, you’ll get more time in bed, too.
New research from King’s College London has found that just 20 extra minutes spent sleeping could help reduce sugar intake, to the equivalent of half a slice of cake a day.
The researchers found that sleep-deprived people who manage to spend more time between the sheets eventually change to a healthier diet. People who slept less than seven hours a night were given 21 minutes extra kip and managed to cut their intake of sugary foods by 10g — almost a third of their RDA.
Unsurprising, really, especially when you consider that proper sleep is just as important to fitness and wellbeing as a healthy diet and regular exercise.