Studies Show that a Good Bed could be a Key to Losing Weight & Staying Healthy
Sleep is More Important Than You Think
sleep sets your brain up to make bad decisions. It dulls activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, which is the locus of decision-making and impulse control. Think of it as like being drunk, you don't have the mental clarity to make good decisions.
brain's reward centers rev up, because it is looking for something that feels good. So while you might be able to squash comfort food cravings when you’re well-rested, your sleep-deprived brain may have trouble saying no to a second slice of cake. Research tells the story: A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose snacks that were higher in carbohydrates. A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, overall increasing weight gain. Finally in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods. Add it all together, and a sleepy brain appears to crave junk food while also lacking the impulse control to say no.
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Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours each night. Get less than that, and your body will react in ways that lead even the most determined dieter straight to Ben & Jerry’s. There is no problem with treating yourselves every now and then, but make sure your body is well rested before making that decision.