Revealed: The Reason Behind Our Obsession With Junk Food

Most people don’t get the link between lack of quality sleep and the consumption of junk food. Here’s why you might be feeling constantly hungry and lethargic.

Junk Food

Getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important in order to be able to function well the next day.  However, most people do realize the importance of undisturbed sleep.

We all are aware of how a lack of sleep gets the best of us and make us go crazy, but the effects of less sleep are not limited to mental of physical exhaustion and go way beyond that. 

A research by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has concluded that restricting yourself from sleep can also modify the amount, composition, and distribution of human food intake. Moreover, sleeping for a few hours in an obesity-promoting environment may facilitate the excessive consumption of energy from snacks but not meals. Another experimental research by the Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania stated that sleep deprivation promoted weight gain. Chronically sleep-deprived adults with late bedtimes may be more susceptible to weight gain due to greater daily caloric intake. People with a lack of sleep often wakeup hungry, snack on junk food and end up feeling unhealthy. Well true enough, satisfying cravings with chips and the like contribute to blood pressure problems, clogged arteries and obesity.

So at the end of it all, junk sleep leads to junk food.;

Junk sleep is used to describe a physiological effect where proper REM is not achieved because one has been using electronic devices right until they fell asleep.  People therefore get inadequate and fragmented sleep which continues for weeks or even months. Several studies have affirmed that this type of sleep not only leads to over eating but also provokes people to abandon healthy eating habits. Long story short, lack of sleep leads to junk food.

Read: Why You’re Always Tired At Work And How You Should Deal With It

The important factor here is to know that not all sleep is equal. Being in bed for eight hours or even more doesn’t mean one has slept well.

Nearby distractions, noises, and notifications on mobile devices prevent one from going into a deeper state of sleep, thus making us constantly tired.

As the New Year kicks off, chalk down a proper sleeping schedule and follow it regularly to see how it transforms your life. The impact might be greater than you’ve ever imagined.

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