A better diet is associated with reduced side effects of sleep deprivation, according to new research.
As part of recent research, Maryam Hamidi had to repeatedly stay awake from 8 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next day. As part of the study, she also needed to keep supplies of both healthy and unhealthy snacks stacked in her office.
Then, somewhere along the line, Hamidi, a nutrition scientist at Stanford University, began to notice something strange about her own food cravings:
"Around 6 or 7 p.m., I would start craving chips," she says. "I started noticing these bags of potato chips in my office. I had not craved chips since my undergraduate college years. One day I had one bag. Then a Diet Coke. And then I went for a second bag, and then a third. I was having fun. I remember thinking, 'This is great. I should do this more often.'"