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04 November 2016 [17:25] - Today.Az
By New York Times
Not enough sleep last night? You may overeat today.
That’s the conclusion of investigators after reviewing data
on 172 participants in 11 sleep studies. The study designs varied, but tested
people after a night of restricted sleep, usually about four hours, and then
after a night of normal rest.
The next day, participants were offered a breakfast buffet
or scheduled meals later in the day. The scientists tracked calorie intake and
in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that after a night of
limited sleep, people consumed an average of 385 extra calories the next day,
roughly the equivalent of a frosted cupcake or a serving of french fries. They
also consumed more fat and less protein.
Some have suggested that sleep deprivation affects the
hormones that control appetite, but the authors wrote that a lack of sleep may
heighten the desire for food as a reward.
They acknowledge that the studies had small samples, were
conducted in controlled laboratory conditions and were short.
Still, the senior author, Gerda K. Pot of King’s College
London, said the subject was worth investigating further. “Poor sleep,” she
said, “could be a risk factor for obesity, and it’s something we can change.”