Dr Oz: Sleep and Diet Correlated
In a significant breakthrough in sleep science, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have determined the amount a person sleeps during the night can be directly correlated to the diet of the person. The study was conducted with 4,500 Americans from around the country and it found they could all be lumped into four different categories based on the amount of sleep they get each night.
Dr Oz: Sleep Study Shows Relationship Between Diet and Sleep
Dr. Michael Grander, one of the researchers who conducted the study, told Dr. Oz the study is great because it can help put a dent in the obesity problem in America. It can literally teach people to eat better in order to get a better night’s sleep which in turn makes the person healthier than they were before.
Sleep expert Dr. Michael Bruess said the study is also significant because it is the first study of it’s kind looking at the relationship of sleep and diet, something he said everyone expected to be true but had not done any research into.
Dr Oz: Sleep Types Guideline
Dr. Grander said there are four different sleep types:
- Very short sleepers get 0 to 4 hours of sleep a night.
- Short sleepers get 5 to 6 hours of sleep each night.
- Ideal sleepers get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Over sleepers sleep over 9 hours a night.
Dr Oz: Diet Of a Very Short Sleep Type
Dr. Oz talked with one woman who said she is a very short sleep type. She said she is a single mother and she takes care of her own parents as well. She said she is always stressed out or worrying about her family and she has so much to get done each day it is hard for her to sleep for a long time.
Dr. Grander said very short sleep types have the worst diets out of any of the four sleep types. They drink the least amount of water and they consume far less foods that contain lycopene. Dr. Grander suggested drinking some grapefruit juice and eating more orange, yellow and red fruits to help get her diet to a healthier place.
Dr Oz: Diet Of a Short Sleep Type
Dr. Oz talked to the next woman who said she is the short sleep type. She said she gets up at 4 a.m. every morning and her mind is racing so fast when she gets up she can not fall back to sleep.
Dr. Bruess said the short sleep type is the group that consumes the most calories and the least amount of selenium, which helps to regulate sleep. Dr. Bruess recommended the woman drink more vitamin C because the vitamins will help her sleep, and he told her she should eat one Brazil nut every day to get the recommended amount of selenium she needs.
Dr. Bruess also said a citrus infuser is a great device to get more citrus into your diet.
Dr Oz: Diet Of an Over Sleep Type
Dr. Oz talked with a woman who said she is in the over sleep type category and she never feels rested when she wakes up. She even falls asleep when she is on the train heading to work.
Dr. Grander told the woman she needs to consume more choline and theobromine. He suggested she eat an ounce of chocolate every day to help her sleep and he said she can get choline from eating more eggs, turkey and scallops.
Dr Oz: Diet Of an Ideal Sleep Type
Dr. Oz talked with an ideal sleep type last, saying she has the best diet out of the four. She said she also gets anything stressful, like paying bills, out of the way in the morning and she tries to fall asleep at the same time each night. Dr. Oz said this sleep type is full of people who have a well-balanced diet and consumed the most water throughout the day.