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What You Eat Could Be Affecting How Long You Sleep

A new study found a correlation between the number of calories people consumed and how long they slept.

What You Eat Could Be Affecting How Long You Sleep

A new study shows an association between what we eat and how we sleep. 

Research in a new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine has found an association between the  number of calories consumed and how long study participants slept. The research is published in the journal  "Appetite" 

According to a report by the Huffington Post, researchers looked at the daily number of calories and foods consumed by people who were part of the 2007-2009 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers also gathered information on the amount of time the study participants slept, placing them into four categories — "very short" sleepers, or those who slept fewer than five hours a night; "short" sleepers who slept five to six hours a night; "standard" sleepers who slept seven to eight hours a night; and "long" sleepers, those who slept nine or more hours a night.

Those who consumed the most were more likely to be "short" sleepers. "Normal" sleepers were the next type to consume a lot of calories, followed by "very short" sleepers and then "long" sleepers, the report says. 

"This will be an important area to explore going forward as we know that  short sleep duration is associated with weight gain and obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease," the report quoted study researcher Michael A. Grandner as saying in a statement. 

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