Can Sleep Affect Eating Habits?

Hey guys!

Did you know that sleep is a crucial part of your holistic health? Did you know that if you don’t get good sleep it can also impact your eating habits, among other things? I partnered with the folks at Tuck in Seattle to learn more about sleep and how getting the right amount of quality sleep can help us make better food choices. Below you’ll find some tips and some helpful links to more info from Tuck. Read below to see what the folks at Tuck had to share.

How Sleep Affects Your Eating Habits

Trying to lose weight by changing your eating habits can be a struggle. What you might not realize is that you could be making it harder for yourself by not sleeping well. You might not think the two processes are connected, but they are.

The amount of sleep you get affects every part of your life, particularly your eating habits.


More Mid-Afternoon Cravings for Carbs and Fats

When you haven’t slept well, you’re more likely to get mid-afternoon cravings than if you had had a good night’s sleep. 

Those cravings, thanks to the endocannabinoids in your body, are often going to be for carbs and fats - things which very likely are not in your diet plan. This is because it triggers the same endocannabinoids that would be triggered if you smoked marijuana or took THC, according to the journal SLEEP.

You wouldn’t put THC or marijuana in your body regularly, so try to avoid those mid-afternoon cravings whenever possible. Overall, you’re going to be hungrier when you don’t sleep well, which will lead to eating more.

Sleeping poorly can also change the way that your body metabolizes glycerin and insulin, leading to a higher risk of type II diabetes.

Buying More Food

A 2013 study found that when you are sleep deprived and go grocery shopping, you will buy more food than you need as well as buy higher calorie foods than you normally would.  This means that you will have foods in the house that you shouldn’t be eating, which means you will be tempted to eat them. As we know, this is a big diet no-no. To avoid this, try planning your grocery shopping out before you go. You can use all cash to shop, which discourages impulse buying when you have a budget.

Tips to Get More, Better Sleep

  • Avoid Foods that Upset Your Stomach in the Evenings

If you have an upset stomach when you go to bed, you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night, which is not great for your sleep cycle.

  • Set a Strict Bedtime

Setting a routine for yourself can be extremely helpful when you are trying to avoid late afternoon or late night snacks.

  • Update Your Mattress

When was the last time you purchased a new mattress? Updating your mattress can help you get a better night sleep

  • Cool Down Your Bedroom

This is especially important if you tend to overheat. You want your bedroom to stay between 60 and 67 degrees fahrenheit to create the best environment for sleep.

About Tuck:

Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep products on the web (more than 300,000 customer experiences from thousands of unique sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check often for updates and expanded sleep product information.