Do you sleep in often? Does that make you feel guilty? Maybe it should (there is only one life to live after all), but on the other hand, it looks like sleep is important in avoiding unhealthy foods. New research, in fact, suggests that junk food is more appealing to people who haven’t slept enough.
Researchers from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University in New York scanned the brains of men and women as they looked at pictures of healthy and unhealthy foods. They found increased neuronal response to junk food in those who had not slept enough. The 5-day study involved 25 men and women, aged 30 to 45. Over the first four days, researchers controlled food intake, letting participants eat what they want on the fifth day.
“On the day that we let them eat whatever they wanted, we found that they ate 300 calories more after a period of short sleep, and their diet was higher in fat and saturated fat,” researcher associate Marie Pierre St. Onge told the press.
I suppose this isn’t too hard to understand. If you’re wacked out and tired, you’re not exactly going to be thrilled rushing home to grill salmon and steam vegetables. You’re more likely to look at takeout options or hit a restaurant. All this to say, if you’re having trouble sticking to your diet, get to bed early.
What do you think?