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Published on April 7th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin

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The Sleep-Food Connection

Many of us find that having a good night’s sleep will always remain a dream. Many people in modern society seem to suffer from sleep problems, sleeping either too little or too much. Sometimes it is the quality not the quantity that suffers.

Recent studies show that what we eat might have a serious effect on how and how long we sleep. People with very fatty and excessive diets were shown to sleep the longest at about over 9 hours, while people who sleep too little were found lacking in their nutrient intake.

It comes to no surprise that the people with the most balanced diets had the best quality of sleep.

A study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including several men and women as test subjects, showed a clear relation between food and eating. Also the study revealed that certain nutrients affect sleep directly. For instance people who slept less than five hours drank less tap water and consumed less lycopene (an antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelons and oranges). Those who slept about 5 to 6 hours consumed less Selenium and vitamin C.

The studies and researches may not have all the answers yet, but Michel A. Grandner (Phd professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pensylvania), says that a good sleepers diet does not include too many high calorie foods and consists of a large variety of food types that offer a complete intake of all necessary nutrients.

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