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How Less Sleep Impacts Eating Behavior

December 9, 2013

Habitually getting less than the recommended 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night is associated with increased food intake and poor food choices. In a world where high fat, high sugar processed foods are readily available, keeping a late night schedule seems to increase consumption of high-calorie meals while decreasing the quality of what little sleep you do get.

A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior suggests this tendency to gravitate toward comfort food might be at last partially overcome by consuming foods that provide the amino acid tryptophan and contribute to serotonin and melatonin synthesis.

Adding foods like that to your diet might help promote sleep, which is the root of the problem. You should also try turning off electronic devices, keeping your bedroom relatively cool and making sure it's as dark and quiet as possible. Check out today's Breaking News for another active lifestyle weight management tip.