Sleep-deprived men consume bigger portions of meals

Last Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 13:22

London: Men who stay awake all night chose to munch on larger portions of calorie-dense foods the next day, researchers have claimed.

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden analysed the eating patterns of 16 normal-weight males under buffet-like conditions after they were deprived of sleep all night, following a night of a solid eight-hour rest.

Respondents were asked to select their portion sizes of seven meals and six snack items in both states.

Lead researcher Pleunie Hogenkamp said that after a night of total sleep loss, the sleep-deprived males chose greater portion sizes of the energy-dense foods.

He told the New York Daily News that males did so both before and after a breakfast, suggesting that sleep deprivation enhanced their food consumption regardless of satiety.

The study has been published online in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.


First Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 13:22

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