Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sleepy brains drawn to junk food

Thanks for sending Nancy!

Interesting research on the field of sleep/nutrition... Sleepy brains drawn to junk food

A few highlights...
"... St-Onge and other researchers working in this field suspect that tired people gravitate to high-calorie foods because their bodies and brains are seeking an extra energy boost to help them get through the day.

"We hypothesize that the restricted-sleep brain reacts to food stimuli as though it [were] food deprived," St-Onge says. Previous studies have established a link between sleep deprivation and obesity, although it remains unclear how sleep might affect weight gain (or vice versa).

In an effort to unravel the relationship, researchers have begun exploring how insufficient sleep influences hormones and appetite. Several recent studies - including one led by St-Onge - have found that people who are sleep deprived tend to snack more and consume more calories..."

Most of us run on 60% "battery" life.   If you're sleep deprived, one night of good sleep isn't going to recharge everything. Give yourself a solid week of getting a normal (7-9 hours) of sleep and see how you feel.

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