Lack of sleep leads to increased food purchasing

Recent research looking at whether total sleep deprivation could alter shopping habits found a link between sleep deprivation and the purchasing of greater quantities of food. Participants in this research consisted of men who were a normal healthy weight.

All participants were asked to have one full night of normal sleep and one night of total sleep deprivation. On the morning after both occasions, all men were given a fixed budget of $50 to buy food from a supermarket. They all received a standardized breakfast before this to ensure that hunger did not affect their food choices.

After sleep deprivation the men purchased 9% more calories and 18% more food than they did after a good night's sleep.

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Posted: 16/09/2013 14:33:32 by Laura Keaver


 

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