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July 14, 2020 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

The Link Between Diet & Insomnia

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What we eat and how we sleep are linked. That was the conclusion from a study evaluating diet and insomnia status in a large group of post-menopausal women.
For this study 53,069 women kept food diaries and reported their sleep status at baseline and at the end of three years. The results? Women who consumed the most sugar and refined carbs (white bread, white rice, etc.) were significantly more likely to report insomnia vs. those consuming the least. In contrast, woman who consumed the most fruits, veggies, and fiber reported significantly less insomnia than those consuming the least.
Sugar and refined carbs, known in Dr. Ann lingo as “The Great White Hazards,” remain in the top spot as the category of food most strongly and consistently linked to poor health. If you ditch them and replace them with the good carbs – produce, whole grains, and beans – your body and your vitality will dramatically benefit. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2019; DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz275

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