The development of metabolic abnormalities leading to short
sleep duration could be partly influenced by food
This is according to a study carried out by the Universidade
Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil and published in Lipids in Health and
Disease, Medwire News reports.
According to the investigation, men get an average of 6.8 hours
shut-eye, while for women the figure is only 6.5 hours.
Analysis carried out by Aline Alves Santana and colleagues
discovered that a preference for high energy-dense food is linked
to people not getting enough rest.
The researchers stated: "As reported in other studies, short
sleepers have a higher energy intake, suggesting that short
sleepers may be more susceptible to weight gain and obesity."
This comes after The Sleep Council revealed that certain foods can
actually promote slumber, with green leafy vegetables, bananas,
yoghurts, milk and almonds all recommended for those struggling to
get enough shut-eye.
Posted by Michael Ewing