Avoid making "comfort food" more common
While you might think "it's alright, I have a lot of willpower, I don't need to sleep to make healthy decisions," it's actually not that simple. Even those who are steadfast in their nutrition habits will find themselves slipping when it comes to being tired because when we don't get enough sleep, the activity of the frontal lobe of our brain is dulled. This is the part that controls decision-making and impulse control. So even if you are dedicated to your healthy habits, your brain might thwart them if you aren't giving it enough rest.
Your brain also might sabotage you because when we get tired, the brain tries to find ways to "feel good." We all have our own comfort foods that maybe we know we are only allowed to have once a month, or even once a year, but if you get too tired it will become almost impossible to stay away.
Don't believe us? There's proof! In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers discovered that showed that in those who did not get sufficient amounts of sleep, more late-night snacking occurred. Not only that, but the snacks they chose were more likely to be high-carb than those who had gotten more sleep. Another study that took place at the University of Chicago showed that those who slept for at last eight hours consumed snacks with less than half the fat for those who haven't. Yet another study showed that regardless of what type of food you are consuming, you're more likely to eat more of it when you're tired. A review of 18 separate studies showed that when fatigued, the brain craves more carb-heavy, energy-dense foods.