If you find yourself unable to curb your appetite for sugar and unhealthy fats, it may be due to the nature of your sleep, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers at Irving Medical Center at Columbia University examined the associations between sleep quality measures and dietary patterns for nearly 500 women who participated in a year-long study, according to a CNN report.
The study found that the poorer the sleep quality and the fewer hours, the more women consumed sugars, saturated fats and caffeine.
The study is important, because women are considered most vulnerable to obesity and sleep disorders, which may lead to more eating.
Diabetes and unhealthy fats are associated with diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
“In our modern society, we often work and eat our meals late, and sometimes neglect sleep as a healthier lifestyle,” said lead author of the study and associate school at Columbia University, Brock Agarwal.
“Our study highlights the importance of good sleep and quality, in order to control body weight and prevent heart disease among women,” says Agarwal.