A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition may have found the answer to your constant food cravings. The study analyzed 11 different overeating studies spanning 172 people.
After extensive analysis, researchers discovered a correlation between sleep deprivation and overeating, with those lacking sleep eating an extra 385 calories on average the next day. What’s worse, most of those calories were from fat, as sleep-deprived participants also tend to avoid protein and nutritious foods the next day. The team suspects that the greasy, high-calorie food serves as a sort of reward for those lacking sleep—a common side effect of sleep deprivation.
The only upside to this study? A simple change in your bedtime could satiate your hunger for good. While recalibrating your sleep schedule is no easy feat, helpful tips for a better night sleep can help you reset your internal alarm clock. Sleep deprivation can also lead to chronic health issues. Chronic sleep deprivation can actually prompt your brain to eat itself. As New Scientist reports, the brain cells that are responsible for destroying and digesting worn-out cells go into overdrive in the brains of sleep-deprived mice, suggesting the same could be true for humans. To save your brain and tummy from yourself, here are our 10 Tips for a better nights sleep