Staying Up Late Could Be Ruining Your Diet!

Less sleep = eating more

Here’s a good reason to sleep early tonight. By Zarelda Marie Goh

Staying Up Late Could Be Ruining Your Diet

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If you’re trying to get rid of excess kilos, but have been unsuccessful, look at what time you’re going to bed at night.

A study done by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare found that those who stayed up late ate more sugar and fats than those who were early risers.

Published in journal Obesity, researchers tracked the diets of almost 2,000 men and women aged from 25 to 74 years, and grouped them accordingly with a questionnaire.

In general, the night owls leaned towards foods higher in sugar and lower in fibre, carbohydrates and fats. They also didn’t prioritise breakfast, had more irregular mealtimes and had snacks twice as often as morning people.

Just why does this happen?

The problem with staying up late is that you might not be getting sufficient shut-eye. Over time, you might become sleep deprived. Studies show that sleep deprivation can make us crave comfort foods more than healthy food. So when you’re running low on energy, reaching for comfort foods like potato chips or chocolate comes naturally.

Of course, this isn’t good in a long run. If you need help in unwinding after work so that you can hit the sack earlier, read These Yoga Poses Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight!. And to ensure your room is optimised for good sleep, read How to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sleep Haven.

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