Sugar addiction is real, and many people struggle to keep their sugar intake to a reasonable amount. Although sugar has a powerful pull, research suggests getting more good, quality sleep can help you manage your cravings.
How Much Sugar do You Consume?
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that all age groups eat more than the maximum recommended amount of sugar. Experts say no more than 5 percent of your daily food calories should come from added sugars, which is about 30g of sugar each day.
Typically, adults consume more than 11 percent of daily calories from sugars. Young people from 11 to 18 are higher at 15 percent.
Common sources of sugar for adults include:
When you eat too much sugar, you may gain weight or experience tooth decay.
Sleep Deprivation Can Influence Sugar Consumption
Many adults struggle to keep sugar consumption in check, and it may be related to sleep deprivation, especially when you turn to sugary, caffeinated beverages for a pick me up.
Research indicates adults who sleep five hours or fewer per night have 21 percent higher sugar sweetened beverage consumption, usually caffeinated sugary beverages. Those who slept for nine hours or longer consumed fewer servings of coffee and water.
Sleep deprivation can also influence the food you buy. Research from the Swedish Brain Research Foundation found sleep-deprived men purchased more calories and grams of food than after a night of sleep.
How You Can Sleep and Eat Well
Sugar can be a strong craving, but it is possible to reduce your sugar consumption. Focus on getting good sleep and practicing healthy habits to shake off your sugar cravings.
Sara Westgreen is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She sleeps on a king size bed in Texas, where she defends her territory against cats all night. A mother of three, she enjoys beer, board games, and getting as much sleep as she can get her hands on.
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