Less Sleep Can Mean More Eating

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM EDT

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June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Sometimes less can mean more, but in this case, it's not a good thing.

A recent study found people who sleep fewer hours tend to eat more calories a day.

Columbia University researchers found that people ate nearly 300 more calories when they were sleep deprived compared with when they were well-rested.

Overall, most of the extra calories came from high-fat foods such as ice cream and fast foods, and women took in about 60 more calories and 31 more grams of fat a day than men when both were sleep deprived.

Doctors say if you have trouble getting to bed on time, develop a routine and stick to it.

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