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|What you eat can influence how you sleep
A new study suggests that your daily intake of fiber, saturated fat and sugar may impact your quality of sleep.
A new study has found eating less fiber, and more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with more easily disrupted sleep.
Results from the research show a greater fiber intake predicted more time spent in deep, slow wave sleep. In contrast, a higher percentage of energy from saturated fat predicted less slow wave sleep. Greater sugar intake also is associated with more arousal from sleep.
Study results are published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Marie-Pierre St-Onge.
"This study emphasizes the fact that diet and sleep are interwoven in the fabric of a healthy lifestyle," said American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Nathaniel Watson, who was not involved in the study. "For optimal health it is important to make lifestyle choices that promote healthy sleep, such as eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly."
"The finding that diet can influence sleep has tremendous health implications, given the increasing recognition of the role of sleep in the development of chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease," said St-Onge.
The randomized study involved 26 adults - 13 men and 13 women - who had a normal weight, and an average age of 35 years.
According to the authors, the study suggests that diet-based recommendations might be used to improve sleep in those with poor sleep quality. However, future studies are needed to evaluate if this relationship proves true.
The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including a grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
To request a copy of the study, "Fiber and Saturated Fat Are Associated with Sleep Arousals and Slow Wave Sleep," or to arrange an interview with the study author or an AASM spokesperson, please contact Communications Coordinator Lynn Celmer at 630-737-9700, ext. 9364, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monthly, peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine is the official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional membership society that improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards (http://www.aasmnet.org). The AASM encourages patients to talk to their doctor about sleep problems and visit http://www.sleepeducation.org for more information about sleep and a searchable directory of AASM accredited sleep centers.