Sleeping too little affects your diet

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All those late nights could be costing your health, specifically your diet, says Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN.

So we don’t sleep enough, so what?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this chronic lack of sleep is a public health epidemic. It increases the risk for accidents, memory loss, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Over half of those with chronic sleep deprivation actually believe they are getting enough rest and have no idea this habit will have long term consequences for their weight and health.

But more than that sleeping too little affects your diet adversely because you end up:

  • Consuming more calories
  • Drinking less water
  • Eating fewer vegetables
  • Eating less carbohydrates which could reduce whole grain intake
  • Lower intakes of vitamin C found in citrus fruits, broccoli, peppers, and strawberries
  • Lower intakes of the mineral selenium found in nuts, shellfish and meat
  • Eating more high fat food
  • Eating more fast food
  • Drinking more soda
  • Increased feelings of hunger and lower rating of satisfaction after eating
  • Overeating in the evening and during late night hours
  • Less impulse control when it comes to food


We know that sleep, health and body weight are all connected.

All the evidence is pointing towards – sleep well, eat well, be well.



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