Lack of sleep could trigger overeating

2 June 2015

A new study has suggested that not getting enough sleep at night could lead to eating too much and obesity.

Published in the Journal of Health Psychology (JHP), the research found that disrupted sleep could be one factor that is contributing to excessive food intake, eventually leading to long-term health problems for both adults and children.

This could help the millions of people who suffer from disturbed sleep around the world, and develop treatment plans for negative eating patterns or behaviours.

Previous research has shown that a bad night's sleep can influence the ability to do daily activities, but less is known about how this can contribute to food choices and intake.
"It is well recognised that food intake is implicated in many chronic health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and diet is often a target of treatment to prevent the onset of these conditions", commented researchers Alyssa Lundahl and Timothy D Nelson of the University of Nebraska.

They added that understanding the mechanisms linking disrupted sleep patterns to increased food intake is important for informing both prevention and treatment interventions for chronic health conditions.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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