Tag: impulse control

Poor sleep can lead to a loss of self-control

Poor Sleep Affects Impulse Control

Ever notice that on some days you’ve got better impulse control than on others? I see this when it comes to my resolve to avoid certain foods.

Sometimes my reserves of willpower feel abundant. That last piece of chocolate cake? Save it for the husband. Other times I turn into a slavering Homer Simpson. The cake is so enticing that in a red-hot minute it’s down the hatch.

A new review article by researchers from Clemson University suggests that not just impulsive eating but a lack self-control in general may be attributable to poor sleep habits and poor sleep. This claim will resonate with many insomnia sufferers, so here’s a summary of the authors’ key points.