Either Way You Lose

You've probably heard reports that not getting enough sleep can affect eating patterns and contribute to weight gains. Apparently it works both ways. New research from Federal University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, found a correlation between late-night snaking and awakenings during the night.

Scientists analyzed the eating habits and sleep patterns of 52 healthy volunteers, all between the ages of 20 and 45. A statistically significant relationship was made between late-night snack energy intake (calories) and sleep fragmentation. They theorized that this disruption may negatively impact the effects of sleep restriction on metabolic balance. So not getting enough sleep leads to poor eating habits and weight gain which in turn contributes to even less restful sleep.

The Bigger Picture: Instead of spooning down a wee-hours bowl of ice cream, treat yourself to a casein pudding. It's easy to make. Just mix your favorite flavor of ON's Gold Standard 100% Casein with half the recommended amount of water. Then pour it into a bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. When it comes out, add a shot of fat-free Cool Whip and enjoy an amino acid packed protein treat that'll do a lot more for your muscles than sugary ice cream.
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