Study: Is This the Real Reason You Can’t Fall Asleep Anymore?

There are many reasons that more than one million people have discovered the benefits of Craftmatic® Brand Adjustable Beds. For those with trouble getting into the best sleep position, adjustable beds are a huge help. For the 90 million Americans who live with snoring, adjustable beds may help people sleep upright, which may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

But the most common reason people invest in adjustable beds is because they’re searching for a better night’s sleep.

Recently, we told you all the ways lack of sleep impacts weight gain. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a new study from the University of Pennsylvania that shows this effect actually goes both ways.

That Junk Food Could Be Keeping You Up at Night…

When you miss out on those precious hours of sleep, you’re far more likely to indulge in sugary junk and fast food the next day. When you make a habit of missing sleep, you’re even more susceptible to food cravings in the long run. More than that, sleep helps your body heal and grow, and without it, your health suffers in numerous ways beyond a few extra pounds.

Yet this June, scientists from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are warning that the effect works both ways as well: eating too much also has a major impact on your sleep quality.

What does that mean for you?

If you aren’t careful, then you could accidentally slip into a feedback loop, which is a fancy way of saying “self- fulfilling prophecy.” When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to snack, eat junk food, or break your diet. And when you load up on junk food during the day, you could have trouble sleeping at night. Rinse and repeat.

Interestingly, the Penn Medicine researchers were the same team who helped link poor sleep quality with weight gain in the first place, giving them unique insights into the ways that weight gain and sleep quality are related.

“In a culture of increasing pressure to sacrifice sleep to maintain productivity, this research adds to the body of knowledge on how lifestyle behaviors may influence the quality of our sleep” said Andrea M. Spaeth, PhD, the lead author of the study. [Source: ScienceDaily]


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