A good sleep avoids eating junk food due to job stress
A recent study has found out that stress at job can lead to overeating or consumption of junk food which could be harmful. This can be avoided by a good sleep at night. The co-author of the study, Chu- Hsiang Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University in the US said, “We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table, as manifested in eating more than usual and opting for more junk food instead of healthy food.”
The research was published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved two studies of 235 workers in China. One study dealt with information technology employees who regularly experienced high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday. Call-centre workers who often got stressed from having to deal with rude and demanding customers were involved in the second study.
In both the studies, workday stress was linked to employees’ negative mood while on the job, which in turn was linked to unhealthy eating in the evening, study co-author Yihao Liu, said Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois.
Liu said that the study proposed two potential explanations. “First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one’s negative mood, because individuals instinctively avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said. “Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviours to be aligned with personal goals and social norms,” Liu added.
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