See How Sleep Can Affect Your Food Choices.

June 24, 2012 at 10:59 am 37 comments

A new study shows that how you sleep can affect how you eat. People who have trouble sleeping tend to choose more unhealthy and fatty foods than their well rested counterparts.

According to the study published in MyHealthNewsDaily article ‘’ Why we go for doughnuts when we’re sleep-deprived’’, participants looked at pictures of food while their brains were being scanned by the researchers. Those who were sleep –deprived lit up their ‘’reward center’’ more when they saw unhealthy foods. While the ‘’reward center ‘’ lit up for healthy foods more often in people who have been getting a good night sleep.

We know from previous studies that catching up on sleep can help burn more calories. Now we learn that sleep is also responsible for our eating behavior.

So a proper sleep plays an important role in a healthy diet, and a healthier diet has a positive impact on how well we sleep.

So next time you choose to go for the French fries instead of a salad, ask yourself how well did I sleep last night?

To read the complete article click on the link below:

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/12/12188651-why-we-go-for-doughnuts-when-were-sleep-deprived?lite

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  • [...] A new study shows that how you sleep can affect how you eat. People who have trouble sleeping tend to choose more unhealthy and fatty foods than their well rested counterparts. According to the study published in MyHealthNewsDaily article ‘’ Why we go for doughnuts when we’re sleep-deprived’’, participants looked at pictures of food while [...]See all stories on this topic » [...]

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  • 2. seun  |  July 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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  • 4. Sleep Disorder Center  |  July 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I think you explain the whole situation very well. I have no point to rise in against of what you have said.

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  • 5. elektrisch slapen  |  August 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Guess I should figure my sleeping pattern out then instead of going on a diet :P

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  • 6. Paul  |  September 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Sort of like a double whammy then? Burn less junk and eat more junk.

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  • 10. Charlie Swiers  |  November 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I’ve definitely found this to be true. I think it’s actually a two-way thing: sleep influences food choices and vice versa. If you’re feeling tired and lacking energy, you go for junk food. But if you eat badly, it makes you sleep badly too! It can be a hard cycle to get out of.

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  • 11. Mike Blaize  |  November 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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  • 12. gabby  |  November 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Do you think you could do a article about how napping affects a person’s sleep schedule.

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  • 13. adjustablebedsandframes  |  November 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Sleep deprivation also affects the hormones that control our perception of hunger, so not only do we crave more “rewarding” foods, but we also have a more difficult time realizing that we are full. Very interesting how sleep affects our physical well being.

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  • 14. riskex  |  November 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I think it is a viscious circle as unhealthy foods will often cause the lack of sleep

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  • 15. Kath  |  December 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Wow, it is good to know about this blog, I really have got a lot from this article about sleep deprivation and the food we eat if we have slept less than we should have had. It is just now that I have found out that sleep can definitely affect our diet choices.

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  • 16. Shaz  |  January 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I love some of the content – great work.

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  • 17. Marc Aguilera  |  January 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Are you going to be posting any new content for 2013?

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  • 18. Bargain Beds  |  January 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Most definitely true! Make sure you get a good daily amount of sleep every day. 6 hours every day is sufficient.

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  • 19. Stop snoring  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

    This is really a new info for me…i have heard about the relation between foods and snoring

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  • 20. Greg  |  January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is great stuff. It also brings to mind a new sleep aid that is actually nutritious. 100% Superfruits. http://www.berrysleepy.com

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  • 21. My Baby Pajamas  |  January 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This makes total sense. Eating healthy and also getting exercise will help you sleep better. Have they done any studies on this about young kids?

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  • 22. Ads  |  March 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Its interesting to know that sleep can affect our eating patterns. I think about 8 hours is the perfect amount of sleep. Do this and and maintain a healthy diet and you cant go wrong.

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  • 23. www.mysnoringsolutionchinstrap.org  |  April 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I fully agree that maintaining a healthy diet will give you a good nights sleep. Eating unhealthy or fatty foods,especially just before bedtime, will result in your body’s digestive system struggling and will result in lack of sleep.

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  • 24. Pulmonary Solutions  |  April 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I agree that sleeping well at night will help us to pick the right food to eat. Sleep deprived person is always stress, irritable and unhleathy due to the reason that they need more sleep to regenerate tissues and muscles. So having no sleep in two days will make you feel like your wasted and floating on air.

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  • 25. Harpoleptic  |  May 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The finding that people with less sleep eat more calories WITHOUT REALIZING they are is very interesting. Sleep deprivation has so many deleterious effects, yet insomniacs often have performance anxiety which makes insomnia worse. Relaxation, distraction are often helpful. Also Intensive Sleep Retraining (Harris 2007, 2012) shows promise.

    Good blog site, thanks.

    Harp

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  • 27. ka  |  July 10, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Certainly when I don’t sleep well I eat a lot bad foods and even overeat, I think that sleeping well will help making better food choices.

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  • 29. The Online Sleep Academy  |  September 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Great article,

    I also find that eating the rights types of foods (natural fruits and veggies) has a huge impact on how well you sleep and the quality of sleep you get.

    Changes are if you eat healthy you will need less hours of sleep and get a much more restfull sleep as well.

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  • 30. Michael  |  October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Enjoying finding much of your content as good reference sources. Thanks for the share on reverse of what most expect food on sleep versus your spin onn sleeping impacts your diet. Nice! Michael

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  • 31. nosnoozeyoulose  |  October 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Wow! food and sleep influence each other in so many ways!
    This is some more “food for thought” ;) an article about sleep and binge eating on my blog:
    http://nosnoozeyoulose.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/no-snooze-binge-eating/

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  • 32. Marisa  |  December 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Great blog. Being deprived of sleep has such serious effects that not everyone understands. I wrote my own blow about the benefits of sleep, please check it out: http://bit.ly/1kbhUab

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  • 33. Marty Dickinson  |  December 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Shouldn’t be too much surprise that if a person gets two hours of sleep, she or he is probably going to desire sugar, coffee, anything that will give us a jolt to get going in the morning. The study could’ve just as easily been taken by asking people when they come out of 711 in the morning with coffee and doughnuts in their hands if they had a bad sleep last night.

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  • 34. pulmonary solutions  |  January 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    That explains how you choose a good food for diet. Means when you deprived your self from sleep you’re craving only for unhealthy diet foods for your body. Great explanation so far now I know why I always eat burgers…

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  • 35. RJ Hudson  |  February 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

    That’s quite interesting statement and one that explains a lot.

    I always thought it’s other way around: that food effects your sleep! Will need to have a closer look and do mine own research on this.

    Well, live and learn every day… :)

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  • 36. Musa M  |  March 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for an insightful article. There is apparently a link between low serotonin levels, insomnia and food.

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  • 37. Graham Ballachey  |  April 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I definitely notice that eating clean improves my sleep. The whole body is connected in many ways. You’ll never experience true health until you see the big picture. Great post!

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