A recent paper published in the Journal of Health Psychology, explores how a bad night’s sleep — something that affects millions of people worldwide — can affect eating habits and behaviours. Though it is well-known that a bad night’s sleep can affect our ability to perform daily duties, what is less known is how disrupted sleep can influence both our food choices and intake.
Researchers Alyssa Lundahl and Timothy D Nelson of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, USA. However, said: “understanding the mechanisms linking disrupted sleep patterns to increased food intake is important.”
Poor Sleep Affects Hormones Which In-Turn Affect Diet
For example, after a bad night’s sleep, the hormone controlling appetite is affected, emotional stress is greater, more food is desired to compensate for lack of energy and impulsivity is increased, all of which affect the amount of food that you would consume in a day.
Essentailly, a bad nights sleep can lead to impulsive comfort eating. Because these impulses are driven by hormone levels, rather than habits or psychological drives, they will be more difficult to combat.