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Who sleeps for seven to eight hours per night, feeds particularly well balanced and healthy. This was the result of a US study.

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Earlier studies have shown that a moderate dose of sleep has a positive impact on the balance. But did you know that people who sleep for seven to eight hours sleep healthier than either short or long sleepers? This is the result of a study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published in May 2013 in the journal "Appetite" and previously published on the magazine's website.

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The scientists around Michael A. Grandner evaluated data from the National Health at Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which polls 5, 600 Americans of all representative age groups each year to their sleep times and eating habits are interviewed.

The clear result: Subjects with a "normal" sleep time of seven to eight hours ate more variety and healthier than comrades who give their body less than five hours or more than nine hours of sleep.

Little sleep, lots of carbohydrates

In addition, depending on the type of sleep, the research team found significant differences in the intake of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. For example, short and late sleepers consumed more carbohydrates than normal sleepers.

However, the study does not yet prove whether a change in diet would, conversely, also affect sleep duration. The scientists are relying on further studies to determine the ideal food and calorie mix for a restful sleep. Until then, we hold on to not sleeping too much and sleeping too little, ideally seven to eight hours.

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