Can Dietary Changes Help You Sleep Better?

Millions of Americans struggle to sleep well on a nightly basis, with many plagued by bouts of insomnia and frequent waking. While some owe their difficulties to bad habits that promote restlessness, others suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders which cause breathing problems that promote shallow and/or fragmented sleep. That said, according to a new study, many people may be able to blame their troublesome sleep issues on what they eat.

Calories vs. Sleep Duration

Researchers from University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine recently conducted a study to evaluate the potential correlation between dietary habits and sleep quality. In conducting their study, the researchers looked at data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which polled numerous participants over a two year period. Ultimately, they found a significant association between sleep duration and the amount of calories each person consumed. According to their findings, the more calories each subject consumed, the less they slept and vice versa.

Improving Sleep Quality

Unfortunately, past research has clearly shown that insufficient sleep is linked to a myriad of medical issues, from diabetes to cancer to dementia and more. This recent study suggests that healthy people may be able to improve the quality of their sleep by eating low-calorie diets. That said, for people who suffer from disruptive sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, things are more complicated.

Because it causes breathing difficulties which promote sleep disturbances, sleep apnea requires an effective treatment plan that goes beyond simple lifestyle changes.

Dr. Siegel provides his patients with oral appliances that offer relief from sleep apnea symptoms; so they can enjoy deep, uninterrupted sleep on a continuous basis. If you’re tired of feeling tired, fatigued and out of sorts, contact his office to learn about this simple and effective remedy for obstructive sleep apnea.