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Want to Sleep Better? Include Fiber Rich Foods in your Daily Diet

Update Date: Jan 22, 2016 01:54 PM EST

According to a latest study, Fiber constitutes a crucial part of our daily dietary intake that insures our body's overall health. Fiber is known for its digestive quality and also improving the intestinal functions that promotes the overall wellbeing of our body. As per the researchers, fiber when eaten in right quantities may even improve the health of your heart, at the same time helping in natural weight loss and its management.

Experts at the New York Columbia University Medical Centre have discovered that fiber is also helpful in inducing good sleep. A fiber rich diet is low in saturated fat and sugar that helps you sleep better at night. "Our main finding was that diet quality influenced sleep quality," said principal investigator Marie-Pierre St-Onge, assistant professor at the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York. "It was most surprising that a single day of greater fat intake and lower fibre could influence sleep parameters," St-Onge said, as reported by NDTV Food.

The study involved 26 adults that included 13 men and women of normal weight and average age of 35 years. Published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the study results show that higher fiber intake meant that the participant slept more fitfully in deep, slow wave sleep. On the other hand, a higher percentage of energy that came from saturated fat led to poor slow wave sleep. 'There is evidence that both adults and children who eat high calorie diets are more likely to sleep less. "It was most surprising that a single day of greater fat intake and lower fiber could influence sleep parameters".

"The finding that diet can influence sleep has tremendous health implications, given the increasing recognition of the role of sleep in the development of chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease," St-Onge pointed out, as reported by Union Oracle

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