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How poor sleep can wreck your eating habits

By Anahad O'Connor

13 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this article as it explains the link between sleep and diet in an accessible way, whilst providing some useful tips on how you can improve your diet with a better nights sleep.

Want to improve your diet? Try getting better sleep.

In recent years, researchers have discovered that our sleep habits strongly influence the amount and types of foods we eat and even whether we gain or lose body fat. Losing sleep can trigger brain and hormonal changes that stimulate food cravings, which can drive us to consume more calories, especially from junk foods rich in fat and sugar.

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