A new study has found a strong link between lack of sleep and poor eating habits. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago, involved analyzing the behavior and dietary habits of a group of adults over the course of five days.
The study found that participants who were sleep-deprived consumed more calories overall and had a higher proportion of their daily caloric intake from fat. The sleep-deprived participants were also found to be more likely to choose unhealthy snacks high in sugar and fat.
According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Erin Hanlon, the findings suggest that lack of sleep may disrupt the hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. These hormonal changes can lead to an increase in hunger, particularly for high-calorie, high-fat foods.
Dr. Hanlon emphasizes that getting enough sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being, and that individuals should aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
The findings of the study have important implications for public health efforts to combat obesity and unhealthy eating habits. By promoting healthy sleep habits, individuals may be able to make better food choices and maintain a healthier diet.