Among the UPenn researchers' findings:
- Short sleepers consumed the most calories, followed by normal sleepers, then very short sleepers. Long sleepers consumed the least calories.
- Normal sleepers actually show the highest food variety in their diets; very short sleepers, the least. A varied diet with a balance of carbs, fats and proteins that come from natural sources, not fake foods, are a marker for good health.
- Very short sleepers drank less tap water and consumed fewer total carbohydrates and lycopene, found in red and orange-colored fruits and vegetables and high in cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- Short sleepers also drank less tap water and tended to eat less vitamin C and foods with selenium (like nuts, meat and shellfish). They were much better, however, at getting enough lutein from green, leafy veggies.
- Long sleepers consume less theobromine found in chocolate and tea, the saturated fat dodecanoic acid, choline found in eggs and fatty meats and total carbohydrates.
- Of course, that could be because long sleepers also drank more alcohol than those who stay awake more.