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Does Your Diet Influence How Well You Sleep?

Healthy Sleep

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  • New research revealed distinct dietary patterns among short and long sleepers; short sleepers tended to eat more calories and have less food variety than normal and long sleepers
  • It could be that eating a varied diet is one key to normal, healthful sleep
  • It’s well known that sleep also impacts your appetite: when you're sleep deprived, leptin (the hormone that signals satiety) falls, while ghrelin (which signals hunger) rises, leading to an increase in appetite
  • Emerging research suggests that the timing of your meals, such as eating very late at night when you'd normally be sleeping, or even possibly eating a very heavy meal in the morning or mid-day, may throw off your body's internal clock and lead to weight gain

By Dr. Mercola

Too little sleep is known to impact your eating habits, appetite, weight gain and other metabolic functions, but little is known about whether different diets play a role in how well you sleep. A new study evaluated the diets and sleep patterns of more than 4,500 people and found distinct dietary patterns among short and long sleepers.


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