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Published:February 7th, 2013 11:30 EST

What You Eat is Related to how Long You Sleep

By John Pustelnik

A recent study has shown that a persons eating habits are related to their sleeping habits.

The study broke people into groups based on how much they slept per night, and measured how many calories they ate per day.

"Very Short" sleepers slept less than 5 hours per night, "Short" sleepers slept 5 to 6 hours per night, "Standard Sleepers" slept 7 to 8 hours per night, and "Long" sleepers slept 9 hours or more per night.

"Short" sleepers were shown to consume the most calories per day.

"Very Short" came in second when it came to amount of calories consumed.

"Long" sleepers consumed the 3rd highest amount of calories.

The study found that both short and long sleepers are associated with lower levels of variety in their diet.

The study also found that people that had the most variety in their diet also had the best sleeping habits.

"What we still don`t know is if people altered their diets, would they be able to change their overall sleep pattern?" said Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology. "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. Likewise, we know that people who sleep too long also experience negative health consequences."


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