If your patients find it hard to cut back on junk food, you might want to share this University of Chicago study with them. It found that getting more sleep reduces those cravings, as CBS News reports.
A new study found that when sleep-deprived, overweight adults got an average of 96 extra minutes of sleep per night, it cut their cravings for sweet and salty junk food by 62 percent and reduced their overall appetite by 14 percent.
Of course, finding time for that extra hour and a half of sleep is not always easy, but the researchers say the study participants realized it is doable and that the benefits are real.
“Most people think that because we have other responsibilities, we don’t have time to sleep,” study author Dr. Esra Tasali, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, said in a statement. “But we were able to use an individualized sleep hygiene intervention and extend sleep by 1.6 hours on average for two weeks. “