Overeating or choosing junk food is a common response to chronic stress. Shifts in levels of certain hormones, including the primary stress hormone cortisol, can lead to cravings for foods that are high in sugar or fat. Research points to a strategy that can interrupt the pattern: a good night’s sleep. In the study, researchers looked at people who had work-related stress due to heavy workloads or difficult social interactions. Getting a good night’s sleep seemed to help people make better food choices in spite of the stress. If you’re going through an intense period in your life, prioritize sleep by setting aside screen-free time to wind down, minimizing alcohol, and getting regular exercise.
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker