Teens Who Don’t Sleep Enough May Consume More Sugar

A new study from Brigham Young University (BYU) finds that teenagers who don’t get enough sleep at night consume more foods high in carbohydrates and added sugar than those who have healthy sleep.Teens Who Don’t Sleep Enough May Consume More Sugar

For this research, a team of scientists analyzed the sleeping and eating patterns of 93 teenagers during two sleep conditions. The first was a short sleep schedule and participants had to spend 6.5 hours each night in bed for one week, while another schedule was healthy sleep with spending 9.5 hours every night in bed for another week. During the first and the second weeks, the researchers also measured the caloric intake, checked food types, and examined the glycemic load of foods eaten by the participants.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Kara Duraccio, BYU clinical and developmental psychology professor, says: “What's interesting is that getting less sleep didn't cause teens to eat more than their peers getting healthy sleep; both groups consumed roughly the same amounts of calories of food. But getting less sleep caused teens to eat more junk. We suspect that tired teens are looking for quick bursts of energy to keep them going until they can go to bed, so they're seeking out foods that are high in carbs and added sugars.”

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