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Janet Taylor, MD Balanced Diet
Sleepy during the day? Write down what you eat for a few days and note when you get tired or fatigued. Chances are you are consuming a diet that is too high in fat. Aim for a balanced, nutritious food intake including fresh fruits/veggies and lean meats.
May 7, 2013 — A new study suggests that your level of sleepiness or alertness during the day may be related to the type of food that you eat.
Results show that higher fat consumption was associated with increased objective daytime sleepiness, while higher carbohydrate intake was associated with increased alertness. There was no relationship between protein consumption and sleepiness or alertness. These findings were independent of the subjects’ gender, age, and body mass index as well as the total amount of sleep they were getting and their total caloric intake.
“Increased fat consumption has an acute adverse effect on alertness of otherwise healthy, non-obese adults,” said principal investigator Alexandros Vgontzas, MD, professor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.
The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal SLEEP, and Vgontzas will present the findings Tuesday, June 4, in Baltimore, Md., at SLEEP 2013, the 27th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.
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