Poor sleep may fuel harmful eating habits and diabetes

Sleep deprivation may contribute to our craving for unhealthful foods, leading to a night-time snacking habit, recent research suggests. Dr. Steven Ruderman joined Lauren Phinney in studio to talk about the negative effects of sleep deprivation on diet.

And, according to a new study from the University of Arizona in Tucson, people who have a hard time falling asleep at night are some of the most exposed to munching in the later hours, which may increase their risk of obesity and diabetes.”

Laboratory studies suggest,” explains co-author Michael A. Grandner, “that sleep deprivation can lead to junk food cravings at night, which leads to increased unhealthy snacking at night, which then leads to weight gain.”

“This study,” he adds, “provides important information about the process, that these laboratory findings may actually translate to the real world.”

The researchers’ findings were recently presented at SLEEP 2018, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, held in Baltimore, MD.

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