If you’re suffering a lack of sleep and eating habits are a problem, there’s something you need to know. Read on…
Is lack of sleep making you eat more?
New research shows that people may eat more the day after a bad night’s sleep. Specifically, lack of sleep makes you ear more calories the next day. That’s the news we’re hearing from King’s College London.
For years, scientists have believed that there may be a link between eating and sleeping. Many smaller studies have suggest that lack of sleep makes you eat more. But until recently there was no proof.
King’s College London recently conducted a large investigation. And they discovered that sleep-deprived people consume approximately 385 kcal extra per day. That’s the equivalent of four and a half slices of bread, or one and a half Mars bars.
The researchers tell us that it’s a matter of energy. On a sleep-deprived day, people still expend the same amount of energy as usual. However, they have less energy to work with because they slept poorly. That lack of energy has to be made-up for somewhere. And the answer is in the food we eat. To make up for lack of sleep, we use food.
But not only do we eat more after a bad night’s sleep, we also eat worse. When sleep deprived, most people eat more fat and less protein. Carbohydrate intake remains the same.
If you lack sleep you will eat more fatty foods and put on weight. Naturally, this means that if you are on a diet, getting enough sleep should be a priority.
Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy expenditure and energy intake. When we take in more energy than we expend, we put on weight.
“The main cause of obesity is an imbalance between calorie intake and expenditure and this study adds to accumulating evidence that sleep deprivation could contribute to this imbalance,” Dr Gerta Pot, senior author of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London, tells us. “So there may be some truth in the saying ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise’. If long-term sleep deprivation continues to result in an increased calorie intake of this magnitude, it will lead to significant weight gain.
So, if lack of sleep has you eating more, you’d be wise to change your sleep before you attempt to change your diet.
Scientists have been saying for years that sleep deprivation is one of the biggest health risks in modern society. Sadly, sleep loss is becoming more and more common. Lack of sleep can affect balance and both cognitive and bodily functions.
So, if you’re missing out on sleep, what can you do to turn the situation around? What are the best ways to cure sleep deprivation?
The majority of the time, sleep loss is caused by stress and mental noise. We all know what it feels like to go to bed and have thoughts running around our minds. We know what it’s like to have a nagging thought or a particular stress keep us awake.
The best way to get to sleep is to quiet the mind. With mental peace we can nod off easily. And the best way to produce mental peace is with this meditation for sleep.
Or, if meditation is not your thing, you will find these nighttime mantras relaxing. Recite them before bed for a perfect night’s sleep.