Healthy diet, healthy sleep

It has long been said "you are what you eat," and now, apparently, you sleep how you eat? According to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, sleep patterns and diet are closely linked. People who eat the healthiest diets are also those who have the healthiest sleep patterns.

The study separated participants into three groups: those who got very little sleep (under five hours per night), a healthy amount of sleep (seven to eight hours) and those who slept longer (nine or more hours per night). From these groups, people were surveyed about their daily diets.

The short sleepers were found to consume the most calories, followed by the normal sleepers. The normal sleepers showed the most variety in their diets, while diet diversity was lowest in the short sleep group. Short sleepers also consumed less water and had lower vitamin C intake, among other nutrient deficiencies in their diets.

The researchers feel that this study could be important to studying obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a variety of other conditions.

Sourced from: Medical News Today, Healthy Sleep, Healthy Diet: Sleep Pattern Linked To Variety Of Food Intake