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Unhealthy food is craved when tired

Sleep deprivation may be associated with the desire for unhealthy foods, according to a small study of 25 participants presented Sunday.

Researchers at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and
Columbia University in New York used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of the participants as they looked at images of healthy and unhealthy foods, both after their sleep was restricted and after regular sleep.

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