Poor Nutrition Linked to Short Sleep
A new study revealed that certain food nutrients affect the length of sleep of people. People who have normal sleep usually have the most varied diet and conversely, while short or long sleepers have the least varied diet. The study led by Michael Grandner, instructor, was released online in advance of the printed copy in the journal Appetite.
Data from the 2007-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed and found out that very short sleepers have fewer than five hours of sleep a night. The very short sleep is linked to lower intake of lycopene (found in red-and-orange-colored foods like tomatoes), total carbohydrates and tap water. Short sleepers, who sleep for five to six hours a night have a lower intake of vitamin C, tap water, selenium and higher intake of lutein and zeaxanthin nutrients found in green, leafy vegetables.
Normal sleepers have seven to eight hours of sleep. Normal sleep was associated to healthy diet or intake of wide variety of foods. Long sleepers enjoy nine or more hours of sleep. Long sleep is linked to lower intake of theobromine (substance found in chocolate and tea), dodecanoic acid (saturated fat), choline (from eggs and fatty meats), total carbohydrates and higher intake of alcohol.
According to Grandner, the findings will be a crucial area for further investigation knowing that short sleep duration is linked to effects of poor health, including obesity, diabetes, weight gain and cardiovascular disease. He added that if they can only find the ideal mix of nutrients and calories to promote healthy sleep, then health care communities might possibly make a major dent in obesity and other risk factors.
HealthDay News. Poor Nutrition Can Bite Into Your Sleep, Experts Say.