Two young women deciding on snacks in the supermarket

Lack of sleep changes food shopping habits.

We already know that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is not a good idea. Our hunger pangs seem to make high calorie food jump into the shopping cart and before we know it, we’re munching oreos and candy corn in the checkout line. But did you know that lack of sleep before grocery shopping can have the same effect?

A recent study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden tested that theory and found that sleep deprivation caused study participants to purchase more high-calorie, less nutritious foods. Does lack of sleep impair judgment? Does it make us crave sugar? Since the subjects were given a nutritious breakfast before shopping, it seems that hunger alone was not the issue. The study coordinators are wisely not drawing conclusions from a single study. However, it’s no news to overworked American women that sleep deprivation impairs decision making and mood on many levels. We all need and deserve a good night’s sleep

If you aren’t getting enough good sleep, talk to Dr. Amy Siegel, the doctor who understands women’s lives and health. She’ll check your overall health and help you understand what’s keeping you up at night. It may be simpler than you think to get a good night’s sleep.

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