(LONDON TELEGRAPH) — People more attracted to eating unhealthy food after not getting enough sleep, new research has suggested.
Two new studies that scanned the brains of people who have been sleep deprived have revealed their brains react differently when presented with choices of healthy and unhealthy food compared to those who have had adequate sleep.
The research showed that key areas of the brain related to reward were activated while activity in regions that control behaviour were inhibited.
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The findings may help to explain the link between sleep deprivation and obesity.