Snacks could be better than sex, and they often find their way into the bedroom, according to a recent study.

It found that 60 per cent of participants experienced cravings for snacks, a higher number than the 49 per cent craving “partner-time between the sheets” and the 39 per cent craving cuddles.

Around half of the participants even snuggled up in bed with their snacks, according to the study.

The findings were drawn from a study conducted by StollzNow Research in December last year. 

Forty five per cent of participants said they hid their favourite snack treats from others, while 41 per cent said they were prepared to travel up to 10km to get their favourite food.

People use snacking as a reward or to enhance their leisure time, according to Leanne Hall, an Australian Clinical Psychologist.

“This kind of behavior also creates positive associations, which explains why snacking emerged as a leading source of cravings, more highly ranked than intimacy,” she said.

Kara Landau, Australian Accredited Practising Dietitian and author of the Clean Separation said: “It’s clear that Aussies crave and love snacks and we need to accept that and work with it. The ‘snack stashing’ trend seems to indicate that people feel both guilty and protective around snacks and some of the findings of this survey also show some worrying mindless snacking indicators.”

The study was released by Paramount Farm, a vertically integrated pistachio and almond grower and processor in the United States that owns the Wonderful Pistachios brand, available in in Australia's major retailers. 

Landau noted that pistachios were one of the lowest kilojoule nuts, making them a “nutritionally wise” snack choice.