Craving Sugar? Check your Sleep Pattern!

Craving something sweet constantly? Surprisingly, your sleep pattern may be the reason why. According to a study conducted this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, lack of sleep may play a role in shaping your diet by stimulating cravings for sugar and unhealthy fats. The study performed by researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center focused on sleep quality and diets of approximately 500 women aged between 20 and 76 years old for a period of one year. It was found that the women who reported less sleep also consumed more added sugars and fats within their diets. The participants of the study averaged less than 7 hours of sleep each night, which is lower than the recommended 8 or more hours of sleep. Those who reported not sleeping well averaged an additional 500-800 calories, in addition to exceeding the recommended daily amounts of total and saturated fat, added sugars, and caffeine. They also lacked healthy food group items including fiber and grains in their diets. Our diets can significantly increase the risk of developing certain health problems, including obesity, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and even sleep disorders.

Sleep can often times get put on the back burner, especially when we have a lot of work to accomplish. However, good quality and amount of sleep is necessary for our overall health, and can even be important for helping to prevent heart disease, particularly for women. Sleep deprivation is believed to both stimulate hunger and mask hormone signals that tell the body that it is full. Kicking the bad habit of eating junk food might just begin with a good night's rest! Plus, it goes both ways; a healthier diet may also improve your sleep.
If you're having trouble sleeping, talk with your primary care physician and dentist to help determine the cause.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/health/poor-sleep-quality-unhealthy-diet-wellness/index.html

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