Healthy eating can improve sleep
Researchers from the Centre for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania have found more evidence that eating the right foods can improve the quality of sleep.
The study found that people who get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night have more balanced diets than those who sleep too much or too little.
They found that a lack of vitamin C, eating too much fatty food and dehydration can have a negative effect with our sleep patterns. High caffeine intake, from tea, coffee and chocolate, and alcohol are also known causes for sleep disturbances.
The researchers also found that people who consumed the most calories throughout the day had the worst sleep. Those who had a balanced and varied diet slept better.
“Overall, people who sleep seven to eight hours each night differ in terms of their diet, compared to people who sleep less or more,” said the study’s lead researcher Michael Grandner.
The participants who consumed less lycopene (found in tomatoes, grapefruit and oranges), selenium (found in nut and seeds) and vitamin C (found green vegetables, peppers and oranges) were found to have disturbed sleep patterns.
“A good sleeper’s diet is most likely one that has a variety of different types of foods, with more complete nutritional coverage, and not too much high-calorie food,” concluded Michael Grandner.