Lack of Zzzzzs May Lead to Poor Food Choices

sleep deprivation and poor food choices



Lack Of Zzzzs May Lead To Poor Food Choices

Have you ever experienced less control over your food choices, like selecting donuts for breakfast even if this is something you would not usually do, after a sleepless night? New studies indicate that it’s not all in your head.  According to two new studies, sleep deprivation impairs the “food choice” region of the brain resulting in less-than-optimal food selection.  One of the researchers, Stephanie M. Greer, PhD, stated that, “We think this is one potential mechanism related to the overall link between sleep deprivation and obesity.”

 These studies showed that sleep deprivation significantly impairs brain activity in the region that controls behavior and complex decision making, such as food selection. In other words, when people have not had adequate sleep, they don’t take health information into consideration when deciding what to eat.

In a world in which we are constantly confronted with both healthy and not-so-healthy food choices, a lack of control due to chronic sleeplessness can have a significant impact on our weight. 

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Read the entire article on Medscape Today.  





About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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