Published in the SAGE journal, Journal of Health Psychology, a new paper suggests that sleep disruptions can lead you to consume excessive calories, thereby increasing your risk for chronic health conditions. In addition, the paper also noted that your children may also be at risk.
Just one night of bad sleep is enough to impact your eating habits and behaviors, encouraging poor food choices and increasing your intake.
“It is well recognized that food intake is implicated in many chronic health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and diet is often a target of treatment to prevent the onset of these conditions,” shared researchers Alyssa Lundahl and Timothy D Nelson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in a press release.
However, they recognize that more research must be conducted to help millions of people around the world keep healthy, also noting: “understanding the mechanisms linking disrupted sleep patterns to increased food intake is important for informing both prevention and treatment interventions for chronic health conditions.”
Although dieting is a major factor, researchers say that a closer look needs to be taken at sleep as it could affect biological, cognitive, environmental and emotional drive that influences food intake.
For example, after a bad night’s sleep, your hormone controlling appetite is affected, you feel more emotional stress, you’ll crave more food to compensate for your lack of energy and become more impulsive, all of which affect the amount of food that you would consume in a day.