University of Adelaide researchers have found that men who consume diets high in fat are more likely to feel sleepy during the day, to report sleep problems at night, and are also more likely to suffer from sleep apnoea.
The study looked at data of more than 1,800 Australian men aged 35 – 85, including their dietary habits over a 12-month period.
“After adjusting for other demographic and lifestyle factors, and chronic diseases, we found that those who consumed the highest fat intake were more likely to experience excessive daytime sleepiness,” says study author and University of Adelaide PhD student Yingting Cao.
The findings showed that poor sleep and feeling sleepy during the day means having less energy and increased cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, which is then associated with poor sleep outcomes – it can become a vicious cycle.
“The simple message is a commonsense one, but we need more people to pay attention to it: we need to eat better; a good sleep the night before is best, Ms Cao concludes.”
Read more here: The University of Adelaide.