New Study Reveals Strong Carb Cravings for Sleepy Students !

(Article from Nutri web site :

A new study carried out by the American Academy of Sleep medicine has found that teenagers who feel sleepy during the daytime are more likely to have strong carbohydrate cravings.
The research is being presented at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
Principal investigator, Dr Mahmood Siddique commented; “This is one of the first studies in a high school population to show a linear relationship between carbohydrate craving and sleep deprivation.  In particular, as sleep deprivation increased, self-reported carbohydrate craving also increased.  Further, the risk of carbohydrate craving was especially strong among depressed students.”
In the study, researchers recruited 262 high school senior pupils with a mean age of 17.7 years.  Students participating in the study completed the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), a validated depression scale, and a scale to gauge carbohydrate craving.
The results showed that the intensity of carbohydrate cravings increased in line with the severity of daytime sleepiness.  Strong carbohydrate cravings were 50% higher among the students with excessive daytime sleepiness.  The researchers also found a higher rate of depression among those who had a strong craving for carbohydrates.  The results also showed that those students experiencing strong depression were almost three times more likely to have a strong craving for carbohydrates.
Dr Siddique added; “This study is important given the rising epidemic of obesity among teens as well as increasing metabolic syndrome and diabetes among young adult populations.  This study highlights the importance of diagnosing sleep deprivation as a risk factor for obesity among young adults.  Those who are depressed and sleep-deprived may be at special risk for obesity.”
by Rachel Bartholomew Dip ION MBANT
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2011, June 10). Daytime sleepiness is associated with an increased craving for carbs among teens. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 15, 2011, from­ /releases/2011/06/110614101246.htm