Poor Sleep and Poor Nutrition May be Connected, Study Shows

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 15:46

A new study suggests that those who are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep, do not consume the recommended amounts of important vitamins and minerals.

According to the EurekAlert, the research, which is based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), shows that in comparison with people who got more than seven hours of sleep per night, people who got fewer than seven hours of sleep per night on average, consumed lower amounts of vitamins A, D, and B1, as well as magnesium, niacin, calcium, zinc and phosphorus.

The study also found a greater number of nutrients were associated with poor sleep in women than in men. This number was reduced if women took dietary supplements, suggesting that supplements can help fill the gaps where a person's diet is not providing the necessary nutrients.

"This work adds to the body of growing evidence associating specific nutrient intakes with sleep outcomes," said lead study author Chioma Ikonte, director of nutrition science at Pharmavite, LLC. "Our findings suggest that individuals with short sleep duration might benefit from improving their intake of these nutrients through diet and supplementation."

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