This Is Why You're Always Hungry, According to Science

Kelsey Clark

Days and sometimes weeks can go by without your hunger ever being satiated, leaving you and your waistline wondering what's going on. A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition may have found the answer, analyzing 11 different overeating studies spanning 172 people.

After extensive analysis, the researchers found a correlation between sleep deprivation and overeating, with those lacking sleep eating an extra 385 calories on average the next day. What's worse, most of those calories were from fat, as sleep-deprived participants also tend to avoid protein and nutritious foods the next day. The team suspects that the greasy, high-calorie food serves as a sort of reward for those lacking sleep—a common side effect of sleep deprivation.

The only upside to this study? A simple change in your bedtime could satiate your hunger for good. While recalibrating your sleep schedule is no easy feat, gadgets like this restful sleep tracker can help you count your hours and reset your internal alarm clock. If you're looking for a more cost-efficient option, try toying with the bedtime alarm clock mode on iOS 10 for iPhone.

Are you hungrier when lacking a good night's sleep? Share your verdict below!

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