Individuals who have difficulty getting a good night of sleep may be more vulnerable to choosing calorie laden foods.
According to a team from Columbia University based in New York, the reward centre situated within the brain was more likely to light up when an individual was looking at images of unhealthy food if they were deprived of sleep.
According to Dr Marie-Pierre St-Onge who led the study, the same regions of the brain that were active when unhealthy foods were presented were inactive when healthy foods were presented.
‘The unhealthy food response was a neuronal pattern specific to restricted sleep. This may suggest greater propensity to succumb to unhealthy foods when one is sleep restricted.’ She said.
Whilst the exact reasoning behind this discovery is unknown, experts have suggested that there could be links between sleep deprivation, eating more and evolutionary origins. Apparently, human ancestors would supposedly have slept less during the summer months when they needed to eat more to fatten up for the winter.
Sleep deprivation and eating the wrong foods out of habit are both common problems that many of us experience in our day-to-day lives. If you believe that either of these issues is beginning to have a detrimental effect on your life and health, then it may be time for you to seek some professional support.
Hypnotherapy has long since been used as a treatment method for breaking bad habits, and there have been many success stories in which problem sleepers and overeaters have benefitted from this treatment.
Visit our fact-sheets on sleep disorders, weight loss and gastric band hypnotherapy for more information about how hypnosis could help you with any of the issues mentioned throughout. Alternatively, you have the option of contacting a hypnotherapist to discuss any of these issues directly by using our search tool.
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