Eat, Sleep and Be Healthy

Did you know that a lack of sleep can affect your eating habits?

Sleep is an extremely important time of the day in everyone’s lives. It is when we recover from our day, refuel and build muscle, and of course rest and relax. However, in our busy lives, it is often difficult to get the amount of sleep that we really need. Researchers have begun to turn to the affects of decreased sleep as one of the reasons behind the obesity epidemic.

A recent research study found that just one night of sleep restriction increased food intake in a group of men1. Another study found that our brain has a greater response to food after sleep restriction, the areas of greater brain response could likely lead to the choice to overeat2.

 How often do we get enough sleep?

Many Americans consistently go without enough sleep. Sleep experts estimate that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2004-2006 only 63% of adults slept 7-8 hours4. Being able to do more with less sleep is often looked highly upon in many professions. Between work, life, family and other responsibilities we often will short ourselves on sleep.

Sleep to make healthy choices 

Getting enough sleep to help you make healthy choices and eat proper portion sizes is extremely important. While following a lifestyle of moderation is key for weight management, we need to make sure we are armed and ready with a night of healthy sleep to be alert and ready to make those healthy choices. Start paying attention to how much sleep you get each night and what you can do to make sure you get enough sleep to help yourself against the battle of overeating!

Let’s get some sleep!

Lexie Timpson MS, RD, CDE

References:

1.         Brondel L, Romer MA, Nougues PM, Touyarou P, Davenne D. Acute partial sleep deprivation increases food intake in healthy men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010; 91(6): 1550-9.

2.         St-Onge MP, McReynolds A, Trivedi ZB, Roberts AL, Sy M, Hirsch J. Sleep restriction leads to increased activation of brain regions sensitive to food stimuli. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012; 95(4): 818-24.

3.              http://www.sleepfoundation.org/

4.              http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/sleep04-06/sleep04-06.htm

 

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