King’s College in London recently did a study on sleep deprivation and how it affects health and eating habits. They came up with interesting results.
People who get less sleep at night are more prone to unhealthy eating habits.
“After analyzing 28 studies, the researchers concluded that people who slept an average of 3 to 5.5 hours a night ate an extra 385 calories the next day compared to people who got 7 to 12 hours of sleep.”
According to Dr. Pots Ph.D., when you are sleep deprived your body releases more hunger-induced hormones and less of the hormones that make you feel full. This can have a great impact on the decisions you choose to make.
Dr. Pots went on to say that sleep deprivation plays a role in the consumption of junk food. Because you are low on energy, your body wants that instant gratification pick-me-up, as opposed to the healthier not-as-satisfying choice.
“Sleep deprivation also makes you more likely to seek out junk foods that make you feel good. Past research has shown that high-fat foods tend to spark the reward system in your brain more than other foods when you’re tired.”
According to Dr Nathaniel Watson lack of sleep can also have an effect on how your genes react to the food you consume.
“The less sleep you get, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more sleep you get, the less your genes determine how much you weigh.”
The results are in. Lack of sleep can directly affect the choices you make throughout the day, and the way your physiology reacts to any food you consume.
You should add 8 hours of sleep to your workout and diet regiment it could make around 385 calories of difference.