Posted on Nov 16, 2009, 6 a.m.
Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA) researchers find that people who get enough sleep make healthier food choices.
Orfeu M. Buxton, from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues studied 542 male motor freight workers (average age 49 years), to ascertain how sleep adequacy and workplace experiences influence food choices. The researchers found that a lack of job strain and greater supervisor support were significantly associated with adequate sleep; and that the subject’s educational level, age, and adequate sleep were significantly associated with at least 2 of the 3 healthful eating choices assessed. Concludes the team: “Adequate sleep is associated with more healthful food choices and may mediate the effects of workplace experiences. Thus, workplace health programs should be responsive to workers' sleep patterns.”
Orfeu M. Buxton, Lisa M. Quintiliani, May H. Yang, Cara B. Ebbeling, Anne M. Stoddard, Lesley K. Pereira, Glorian Sorensen. “Association of Sleep Adequacy With More Healthful Food Choices and Positive Workplace Experiences Among Motor Freight Workers.” Am J Public Health 2009 99: S636-S643, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.158501.