Trouble sleeping? Lots of late nights or early mornings? Change in shifts at work? Increasing evidence suggests a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Important to note is that most of the studies show associations and do not prove cause and effect.
Some reasons weight gain may be associated with sleep deprivation:
- Increase in hunger because of altered hormones
- More hours per day spent eating including late night eating
- Decrease in physical activity due to fatigue
Changes in food intake that can be seen:
- Less food variety
- Less healthy food choices
- Higher sugar intake
- More snack intake
- Increased alcohol intake
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night is the ideal. But if you can’t, try to focus on eating plants (vegetables, fruits) which appear to be natural mood boosters.
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN
Questions? Contact me at [email protected].
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