Sleep has become widely recognized as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness—alongside diet, stress management, and exercise.
Recently, researchers have been learning more about how poor sleep influences our dietary choices, as well as how diet influences sleep quality. Not sleeping for long enough or poor quality sleep are associated with increased food intake, a less healthy diet, and weight gain. Lack of sleep also leads to increased snacking and overeating. And it causes us to want to eat foods high in fat and carbohydrates—with increased chemical rewards to the brain when we do eat these foods.