Sleeping More May Help You Eat Less Sugar
With work, social obligations, family and friends – it seems nearly impossible to get the amount of sleep we want …and need. Our calendars are jam-packed that, unfortunately, sleep is frequently the first thing we’re willing to spare.
Aside from feeling lousy, a lack of sleep can also contribute to poor eating habits. When you’re feeling tired, you’re more likely to reach for unnecessary sweets and fattening snacks than when you’re well-rested.
According to a recent study, researchers found people who sleep more consumed less added sugar per day than those who sleep less. 1 Researchers also suggested that those who slept longer ate fewer fats and carbohydrates.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that more quality sleep can lead to healthier eating habits, but it serves as a great reminder.
How to get on track
Get to know your cravings. Whether you’re sleep-deprived or just in the mood for something sweet, it’s important to keep a healthy snack option at-hand.
Try to avoid caffeine later in the day and put your electronic devices away before you get into bed. Adjusting lights and creating a comfortable sleeping environment helps, too.