Believe it or not, your food choices and overall health might be heavily affected by the amount of sleep you get at night. Here are three ways it does that!
1 - Reduces Your Quality of Health
Making some small changes to your sleep environment, such as eating earlier in the evening or keeping your bed cool so you don't have interrupted sleep, can help you toward your health goals immensely.
2 - Increase Appetite
We’ve all been there — craving a donut, muffin or highly caffeinated & sweetened beverages to try and reduce fatigue & improve alertness or energy levels. Which is actually ironic and counter productive, since we end up crashing soon after. In this case, you may be confusing your body's need for rest, and taking it for "cravings".
Those cravings and lack of sleep also lead to poor purchasing habits, which is not so good for your health and your wallet.
3 - Alters your Shopping Habits
The study had 7 men get a full nights sleep, and 7 get no sleep, then gave them the Swedish equivalent of $50 to shop with. "Independent of both type of food offered and price condition, sleep-deprived men purchased significantly more calories and grams of food than they did after one night of sleep,” the results read.
Those poor food choices, especially foods with high-fat content before bed, might also lead you to get a worse nights sleep, perpetuating the cycle that got you there in the first place.
Chances are that you are also doing this, and there’s an easy way to avoid it - by getting a good night’s sleep.
If you absolutely have to go grocery shopping after a bad night’s sleep, try making yourself a list ahead of time and not allowing yourself to deviate to buy those extra snacks. I also wrote about grocery shopping tips in another blog post, to help you maneuver the endless options in the stores!