Your terrible sleep habits are making you eat more junk food

We know poor sleep habits are losing companies massive amounts of money in lost productivity. They also come with a slew of health problems and a new study just gave us some more to stress about. According to a new study from the University of Arizona in Tucson, people who struggle to fall asleep tend to do some major late night snacking. This can increase their risk of obesity and diabetes.

The survey used 3,105 adults from 23 U.S. cities and asked them regularly snacked at night and had more junk food cravings because of their lack of sleep. They were also questioned about their sleep habits and any existing health conditions.

Sixty percent of those surveyed said they snacked in the wee hours of the morning and that the poor sleep sent them straight towards junk food and thus put them at higher risk for developing obesity and diabetes. The researchers concluded that it was the subjects’ poor sleep that was correlated with their junk food cravings and then leading them to their late night snacking habits.

Poor sleep leads you to the junk drawer

“Laboratory studies suggest 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 provides important information about the process, that these laboratory findings may actually translate to the real world,” noted Michael A. Grandner, Ph.D., MTR, UA assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UA Sleep and Health Research Program and the UA Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic. “This connection between poor sleep, junk food cravings and unhealthy nighttime snacking may represent an important way that sleep helps regulate metabolism.

Now not being able to fall asleep could mean you just have insomnia but it may be self-induced as our addiction to screens all day and night hurts our ability to sleep.

“When we looked at smartphone use around the time when participants reported they went to bed, more smartphone use around that time, in particular, was associated with a longer time to fall asleep and worse sleep quality during the night,” Dr. Gregory Marcus, author of a recent sleep study and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told CNN.

So your iPhone may actually be the reason you just an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.