What you eat can play a surprisingly big role in how well you sleep, according to a study by the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. The study was the first to link specific nutrients to short or long sleep duration—and also found that people who consume a large variety of foods had the healthiest slumber patterns.
In my lectures and Brain Warrior nutrition classes, I frequently point out that great health is always about abundance—not deprivation. It’s exciting to see new research highlighting yet another benefit of being an omnivore: catching the optimal amount of Z’s—an average of 7 to 8 hours a night. Skimping on slumber boosts risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases, while excessively sleep also has adverse effects on health.
The researchers divided study participants into four groups: very short sleepers (people who averaged less than 5 hours of slumber a night), short sleepers (5 to 6 hours), standard sleepers (7 to 8 hours) and long sleepers (9 or more hours). The amount of sleep was then correlated to each group’s eating habits. The study and other research suggests that these delicious foods help promote sound, refreshing slumber:
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