The Connection Between Sleep and Diet

anthony clavien sleep and diet connectionA healthy diet is more important than ever. Education on the topic starts as early as preschool nowadays. A big advocate of wellness, Anthony Clavien knows that in addition to ensuring your body gets the proper nutrition, a healthy diet will also help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is mutually vital to maintain good health and well being throughout your life. According to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, there is a link between the calories we consume and sleep.

Researchers began by taking a look at the National Health and Examination Survey of 2007-2009, particularly the daily calories and foods that were consumed. Next they categorized the participants into groups based on the number of hours they slept per night: very short sleepers (less than 5 hours), short sleepers (5-6 hours), standard sleepers (7-8 hours), and long sleepers (9 or more hours). What researchers found is there is a relationship between the two.

At this point, there is still no evidence that eating certain foods will affect your sleep in terms of duration, but finding a connection is a vital first step in understanding how our health may be affected by the relationship.

“This will be an important area to explore going forward as we know that short sleep duration is associated with weight gain and obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” Michael A. Grandner Ph.D., a study researcher of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the university, said in a statement. “Likewise, we know that people who sleep too long also experience negative health consequences. If we can pinpoint the ideal mix of nutrients and calories to promote healthy sleep, the healthcare community has the potential to make a major dent in obesity and other cardiometabolic risk factors.”

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