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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sleep, Carbs, and Food Cravings

Ok, I just experienced something that I never have before. I was taking a swig of my lipton diet green tea and right as I was pouring it into my mouth, I sneezed.

Can you imagine? Honestly, I couldn't have before it happened to me...and there's really nothing like the sensation of sneezing at the precise moment that you trying to drink something.

Here's factoid number 2:

Getting sufficient amounts of sleep, regularly is important. For one thing, our bodies repair while we are engaged in deep level sleep (individuals with fibromyalgia often complain of sleep deficits and fibromylagia patients have ongoing pain--increasingly this is thought to be related to insufficient amounts of deep level sleep).

However, here's another reason for getting enough sleep. A study that was published in the annals of internal medicine found that sleep deprivation can have the following effect: increased cravings for calorie rich and carbohydrate rich food.

Perhaps you've experienced this yourself after pulling an all-nighter in college. I know from my own personal experience that anytime I went completely without sleep in preparation for something either school or work related I became famished by the time the sun came up. And my hunger was not for protein, but, rather, anything densely packed with calories and carbs.

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