For the vast majority of people, controlling our caloric intake is hard enough, but did you know that being sleep-deprived can actually make the cravings much worse?
Experiencing sleep deprivation can cause a person with an otherwise healthy diet to have some problems when it comes to food - the explanation is a logical one. For starters, the longer you are awake, the more time you have to consume food. However, it is also important to note that a lack of sleep actually makes you more hungry. Research has shown that people who go without sleep have a higher level of hormones that signal the body that it's time to eat and fewer of the hormones that signal you are satiated.
From a strictly mechanical point of view, our brains metabolize sugars at a much slower rate when we are lacking sleep. It is because of this fact that most people who have problems sleeping find themselves craving sweet, starchy and salty foods, which in turn can have a direct impact on a person’s weight.