Apr 25 2016

Vicious cycle


Do you eat more when you are sleep deprived?

You know those days when you haven’t slept well and you would give anything for a nap, but it just isn’t possible. You may find yourself  trying to boost your your energy with food, and if you are like me, you probably aren’t choosing fruit and vegetables. Sleep deprivation does effect our brain’s ability to function.

Sleep deprivation reduces our decision making ability and increases activation in the pleasure seeking areas of our brains. Being tired decreases our higher order brain functions, those areas that help make complex decisions, ones that help us make choices.

Sleep research has proven that being tired increases the chances of eating high fat, high calorie food and reduces the chances that health, or even taste, matter much when it comes to eating when sleepy.


Now, new research from the University of Adelaide shows that eating high fat diets increases daytime drowsiness and reduces the likelihood of getting a good nights sleep. Researchers found a direct relationship between fat intake and daytime sleepiness as well as sleep apnea.

Poor sleep makes us feel less energetic during the day, which leads to increased cravings for sugar and fat, which leads to less sleep. It’s a vicious cycle, but it could work both ways. Get a good night’s sleep for better food choices and make better food choices for better sleep.

Change your mind, change your health,



Feb 16 2015

Get some rest.

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Taco is a great sleeper


When you don’t get enough sleep do you feel like you eat more? Sleep is critical for weight management and now we know that getting more rest has an effect on your ability to burn fat. Not getting enough sleep is something that millions of people experience everyday, we are chronically sleep deprived. Sleep is important for overall health and researchers now have found that chronic sleep deprivation increases oxidative stress and changes how fats are metabolized in the body.

Researchers believe that sleep helps restore and repair cells allowing for proper functioning of cells.  It only took 5 days of sleep restriction in people to see a change in how cells breakdown fat in the blood. Showing that sleep deprivation changes metabolism especially when it comes to fat.

While more research will need to be done to find out exactly what happens, anyone who has been sleep deprived has probably experienced the changes in their metabolism. Making it harder to lose weight when you don’t get enough sleep.

Change your mind, change your health,



Feb 25 2013

Get Some Rest

After a single restless night’s sleep you are more likely to eat more calories and choose higher calorie foods. One night of sleeplessness affects the region of the brain that controls your desire to eat.  Study author Pleunie Hogenkamp, explains: “After a night of total sleep loss, these males (subjects) chose greater portion sizes of the energy-dense foods. Interestingly, they did so both before and after a breakfast, suggesting that sleep deprivation enhances food intake regardless of satiety. Bearing in mind that insufficient sleep is a growing problem in modern society, our results may explain why poor sleep habits can affect people’s risk to gain weight in the long run.

The study also showed that a single night of sleep loss slows your energy expenditure or calories burned the following day. So not only do you eat more, desire more food, feel hungrier, but also burn fewer calories.

What does this mean for you?

1. Practice good sleep habits.

2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

3. Tired? Take a nap.

Change your mind, change your health,