Lack of Sleep Causes Late-Night Snack Cravings

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There are plenty of healthy alternatives to these typical Halloween treats. (Jessica J. Trevino/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

For a long time, many studies have shown that a lack of sleep causes a higher chance of obesity. What people are trying to understand is why calories and sleep are linked together. Akshat Rathi from Quartz website says, “A new study published in the journal ‘Sleep’, suggests that the reason so many of us crave late-night snacks may have to do with how sleep changes brain chemistry” Researchers found that when offered an unlimited amount of food, volunteers that slept less often ate around 300 more calories than volunteers that slept more. In order to understand this reaction, the researchers turned to the body’s chemistry for answers. The researchers found higher levels of ghrelin, which boosts appetite, lower levels of leptin, which makes people feel full, and higher levels of endocannabinoid in the bodies of the people that slept less. Endocannabinoid is the chemical that makes marijuana users seek out fatty, unhealthy foods after a smoke. The researchers concluded that the chemical causes the same cravings in sleep deprived people.

About Rachel Reichelderfer

My name is Rachel Reichelderfer. I am a senior here at BHS. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer! Go Wildcats!

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