The week­end sleep-in

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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

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