Food. We all love to eat and sometimes feel like we can’t get enough – definitely a love/hate relationship, no matter where in the United States you live.
From afternoon munchies to greasy late-night cheese sticks, we crave sugary, salty treats – especially if we’re tired. Talk about the ultimate sleep horrible diet. Trouble is, while lack of sleep can cause cravings, it can also kill our sleep.
Do you wonder how your sleep suffers from binging on food at all hours? Does lack of sleep tempt you to reach for foods you know you shouldn’t have?
Could where you live determine if you’re overweight, eating right or even getting enough rest? Check out the 3 fattest cities in the United States and how well their residents sleep, according to WalletHub.
Memphis also ranks #2 for the sleepiest city.
Shreveport also ranks #20 for the sleepiest city.
Houston also ranks #25 for the sleepiest city.
Eating and sleeping are two of the most basic human functions, essential to our survival. But sleep and food are more connected than you may realize. There are foods that promote sleep (potassium and greens) and foods that interfere with sleep (high-fat snacks – the ones you munch on before bed). What you eat affects your sleep and how much you sleep can affect how well you sleep.
Too much or too little sleep alters appetite and wreaks havoc on our daily routine. Staying up late can lead to higher calorie intake and make sugary treats more tempting. Dr. Breus, the Sleep Doctor, says, “We have a society-wide sleep problem that isn’t getting any better, despite significant reliance on prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications. It’s time to pay more sustained attention to the possible role that nutrition may plan in helping to improve sleep.”
On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find the fittest American cities. All 5 of these cities offer healthy food options, a variety of public
transportation options and have easy access to parks and outdoor activities. Check out the full list according to AmericanFitnessIndex.
Ever notice how a good night’s sleep delivers the energy we need to get through our days and make the best decisions for ourselves and our health? Not clocking enough sleep, however, can easily put us at a disadvantage when trying to maintain healthy choices. And it’s a no-brainer that healthy food choices and regular exercise help us maintain a healthy weight.
Sleep is how we end each day and how we prepare our bodies to face the next. Prioritizing sleep in our overall health plan has the power to:
The video below shows the full list of fat AND fit cities. I wonder which ones get the best sleep…
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