Do you find yourself snacking more than usual, or are you having trouble resisting the urge to snack? If your insatiable cravings are leading to some serious weight gainâthere are key ways you can learn how to stop snacking so muchâ¦
The Real Reason Youâre Snacking So Much
The foundation for your cravings might be set long before they actually even appear, and you may be surprised to know that it has nothing to do with diet.
In fact, the reason why you keep reaching for the cookies, chips, and candy might actually depend on how well you slept last nightâ¦ and the night before thatâ¦ and the one before that.
Thereâs been plenty of research done over the last couple of years that has determined a link between poor sleep, overeating, and bad food choices. But a new study now shows exactly why that might be, and itâs pretty neat.
When you donât get enough sleep at night, it can impact something called your endocannabinoid systemâwhich may sound familiar. Cannabisâalso called marijuanaâis known to give people the âmunchies,â and a lack of sleep can do the same thing.
Why You Crave Junk Food
The chemicals in your endocannabinoid system, which lead to cravings for junk food, tend to stay low overnight and slowly increase throughout the day, typically peaking at 12:30 p.m. When youâre sleep-deprived, they peak at the same time but continue to remain elevated throughout the afternoon and evening, when people tend to do the majority of their snacking.
And not only do they stay high, they become harder to satisfy and ignore. In fact, a brand new study shows that when a sleep-deprived group of participants were given access to snacks, they ate nearly twice as much as they did when they had a full eight hours of sleep. Furthermore, the snacking was done shortly after they ate a meal containing 90% of their daily caloric needs.
And this problem gets worse as time goes on and cannabinoid levels stay high. So if you donât sleep well for multiple nights, your cravings will become more frequent, which could lead to further snacking on junk food, and may have some severe health implications such as weight gain, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, and type-2 diabetes.
The Key to Controlling Your Appetite
So is the key to controlling your appetite getting a good nightâs sleep? It could play a major role. It seems as though sleep can help control cravings and increase overall food satisfaction to avoid overeating.
There are so many reasons why sleeping well is important to your health, but it always helps to understand why. Hopefully this new finding will help you battle your cravings and regain control over your eating habits.
Source for Todayâs Article:
University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, âSleep loss boosts hunger and unhealthy food choices,â Science Life web site, February 29, 2016; http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2016/02/29/sleep-loss-boosts-hunger-and-unhealthy-food-choices/, last accessed March 3, 2016.