The connection has been made -- consistently missing sleep leads you to crave junk food, and that can make you fat. Dr. Deepa Vasudevan, a family practitioner at UT-Health Science Center, says it's especially important for kids to get plenty of sleep.
“Especially when they are in their adolescent years,” she says. “If we can stress the important of at least getting seven and a half hours of sleep, they turn out to be more productive and leaner kids.”
Dr. Vasudevan says one night of 5 hours sleep is okay. It won’t cause a problem, but consistently missing sleep can lead to more doughnuts and quarter-pounders and more inches around the middle.
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“Inadqequate sleep does change your food habits,” she explains, adding, “and you crave high-calorie foods, which increases your chances of weight gain.”