Research Roundup

August 2011 Issue

Research Roundup: August 2011

Sleep timing and dietary patterns linked with obesity. Researchers evaluated the role of sleep timing and dietary patterns on weight in 52 adults. Compared with early sleepers (sleep ¡Ü5:30 a.m.,) late sleepers (sleep ¡Ý5:30 a.m.) had shorter sleep duration and later sleep onset and meal times. Late sleepers consumed more calories after 8:00 p.m., had higher fast food and full-calorie soda intake, and lower fruit and vegetable intake. Higher BMI (body mass index) was linked with shorter sleep duration, later sleep timing, caloric consumption after 8:00 p.m., and fast food meals.

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