Sleep Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine studied the dietary divergences among individuals with diverse sleep patterns. What they found in a diet and sleep study, as published in the journal Appetite, was striking.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStudy respondents who reported sleeping the recommended seven to eight hours per night ate fewer calories than those who said they slept only five to six hours per night. The researchers also noted that more diverse diets were seen in the people who slept seven to eight hours nightly, rather than those who slept either more or less than the recommended amount.\r\nThe Diet and Sleep Study Details\r\nHeaded by Michael Grandner, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, the team of researchers grouped the participants into four average sleep duration categories:\r\n\r\n\tVery short sleep: Those who slept less than five hours per night.\r\n\tShort sleep: Those who slept five to six hours per night.\r\n\tStandard sleep: Those who slept seven to eight hours per night.\r\n\tLong sleep: Those who slept more than nine hours per night.\r\n\r\nAfter grouping the participants into sleep duration categories, the researchers examined the participants\u2019 dietary intake. What they found was some noteworthy similarities within various categories.\r\nThe Diet and Sleep Study Findings\r\nThe standard, or normal, sleepers were found to consume the widest variety of nutrients, thereby eating the most healthful diets. The very short sleepers had the least nutrient diversity; the researchers note that a sleep-deprived brain may be at play here reflecting poor food choices and unhealthy snack eating. Very short sleepers also ingested less carbs and lycopene (found in tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots), and also reported drinking less water.\r\n\r\nShort sleepers lacked selenium (found in seafood and turkey) and vitamin C, but had more vitamins (lutein, phytonutrients, and zeaxanthin) indicative of\u00a0 green, leafy vegetables.\r\n\r\nLastly, the long sleepers had low levels of lauric acid, choline, and theobromine; found in things like chocolate, tea, coconut oils, eggs, poultry, salad greens. Long slumberers also drank more booze, but ate less carbs.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Diet and Sleep Study Takeaway\r\nWhile all these nutrients numbers are enough to make you dizzy, Grandner says to not get caught up in the individual figures. Rather, the takeaway is that diet and sleep are related, more so than what research previously revealed.\r\n\r\nInadequate sleep, whether quantity or quality, can increase your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and obesity. The important point is to consume a wide variety of foods chock-full of an assortment of essential vitamins and nutrients.\r\n\r\nIn a nutshell: Grandner said, the important takeway is that "sleep is critical for health. We know this."\u00a0 But then again so is diet, and the two are interconnected. In one way or the other.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-science\/sleep-studies-part-2-diet-and-sleep\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.