Too little sleep is associated with more snacking

Women who report less sleep tend to snack more, and eat outside of “normal” hours.

Lower tendency for eating during conventional eating hours and greater snack dominance over meals were also related to higher intakes of fat and sweets for energy and lower intakes of fruits and vegetables.

CONCLUSIONS: Disrupted eating patterns and diet of poor nutritional quality may exacerbate the development of obesity and metabolic diseases in habitual short and very long sleepers.

It is now pretty well established that sleep deprivation (for most, < 7 hrs/night) is associated with greater appetite, greater desire for unhealthy foods, predisposition to diabetes, and obesity.  Sleep is not a luxury!

(And turn off that TV at night.)

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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