Failing to sleep enough hours can lead to eating more, but research has also shown that tired people tend to reach for foods that are high on bad carbs. “You are just looking for something to feel better,” Malkoff-Cohen says. There is a higher carbohydrate content (65 percent), especially if you’re eating after 7 p.m. The bad news is that carbohydrate-based meals result in a significant shortening of sleep onset latency in healthy sleepers, continuing the cycle.