Craving a cupcake? Maybe you need more sleep.

New study says lack of sleep makes you crave junk food

Why do those chips, french fries and cookies sound so good?  Scientists say it’s because you aren’t getting enough sleep.

Cupcakes on display at a bakery

This photo probably makes you want to eat cupcakes right now. Sorry. Maybe a nap instead?

Researchers from Columbia University say sleep deprivation may cause your brain to want unhealthy foods, making sweets seem more appealing and rewarding.

“Food intake data from this study showed that participants ate more overall and consumed more fat after a period of sleep restriction compared to regular sleep,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, the study’s principal investigator.

I’d like to think that if I got in a solid eight or nine hours of shut-eye the next time I eyeballed a doughnut I wouldn’t want to eat it, but…

Read the full CBS story on the study here.  Or, check out the press release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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