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Junk Food Cravings Linked to Workplace Stress and Lack of Sleep in New Study

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Eating too much junk food? You just might want to go to sleep then. For two studies - one with call-center employees and the other with workers in the IT field - found that lack of sleep increased stress and, therefore, led to eating junk food.


  • People who experience stress at work tend to have increased negative feelings about themselves, which often translates to eating more junk food.
  • People who get a good night’s sleep, though, will eat better food, even though they experienced the same stressful conditions
  • Overall, a good night’s sleep can give you less stress during the day - and more control over your eating.

“Chang added that "a good night's sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating.”