It's challenging to function through an entire day when you haven't got a good sleep. You body doesn't have enough energy and you feel tired and a little sick as you're not in the usual mood on that particular day. Less than seven hours of sleep mean you're leading an unhealthy lifestyle as your body isn't getting enough rest and you keep stressing more often because of it. This in turn leads to weight gain, affects your cognitive functioning and even throws off your hormones. All of it contributes to poor nutrition.
Says a new study that people who gets fewer hours of sleep every night consume fewer key vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, D, and B1, as well as phosphorous, zinc and calcium. So basically, our body doesn't make most of these micronutrients and so we need to get them through proper food and environment.
Says the lead study author Chioma Ikonte, "Our findings suggest that individuals with short sleep duration might benefit from improving their intake of these nutrients through diet and supplementation,"
Although, the study couldn't tell if the lack of sleep could cause less nutrient intake or the other way round. But it is always said that a lot of our health issues depends on the hours of sleep we give to yourselves.
This is why, both sleep and nutrition go hand in hand in order to keep healthy and all of it is interconnected. Hence, if you feel one of it is off, you must pay special attention to it.
Not just that, you should also notice the kind of sleep you get in the night and if you wake up throughout the period of your sleep. If you find it difficult to fall asleep or keep sleeping, you might want to try something to better the issue and get the much required sleep. Poor nutrition can also contribute to poor sleep and so you should pay attention to the kind of food you eat in a day and if you're taking essential nutrients.