Sleep to Save 220 Calories Each Day

snacking, chipsWe've heard it before, but not sleeping enough takes a big toll on our bodies. For one thing, lack of sleep can make us fat.

People who got to bed earlier ate 220 fewer calories per day than people who stayed up late.


In the study, people who went to bed late average 5.5 hours of sleep per night. Others got 8.5 hours per night.

Sleep-deprived people did not eat bigger meals, but they snacked more, and usually on high-carb foods that they eat late in the evening.

Researchers believe night owls ate more for two reasons: They were awake to do it, and their brain neurons were activated in a way that made them hungry.

As for me, I definitely eat more chips when I'm sleep deprived. In fact, they're kind of like carbohydrate crack when I'm tired. I just can't stop. If I've slept well, I eat better. It's true.

Are you a night owl? Do you think staying up late leads to more snacking?

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