The weekend sleep-in
You might have heard that a lack of sleep can trigger overeating and weight gain, but did you know getting too much sleep can do the same?
Researchers in Finland have found that people who go to bed late and rise late (‘night owls’) sleep worse, have poorer eating habits and are less physically active than ‘early birds’. So all that extra sleep could put you at risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future.
Interestingly, the Finnish study found the eating habits of night owls were worse on weekends, when they skipped meals, grazed more frequently and also consumed more kilojoules, sugar and saturated fat. This is because when people wake up late, breakfast often becomes brunch, and skipping meals tends to make you snack more. This means you can easily overeat if you’re not careful — while also potentially missing out on vital nutrients found in healthy food.
The early bird catches the worm by sleeping & eating better