Here's what to eat for a better night's sleep

A new study from Columbia University shows that a healthy diet will help you fall asleep faster and stay in deep sleep longer
By Jason Spencer | Jan 16, 2016
When things get busy the last meal of the day can fall rather close to when we're thinking of going to sleep. Eating before bed isn't the best idea, but research has shown that if you do want to eat before falling asleep a healthy meal can help.

Bustle reports that researchers from the medical center at Columbia University have found that a healthier diet that is rich in protein and fiber can help you nod off easier than one with lots of saturated fats and sugar. Published in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, those with the healthier diet fell asleep faster and spent more hours in deep sleep.

The sleeping habits of 26 participants. half male and half female, were monitored and documented in a sleep lab at Columbia University. For three days participants were kept on a healthy diet, and for the remaining two they were allowed to eat whatever they wanted.

According to WTSP 10 News, the first few nights showed that those involved fell asleep in as little as 17 minutes, but it took 29 minutes for them to fall asleep when they were allowed to choose what they ate.

"Our main finding was that diet quality influencedsleep quality,"said Marie Pierre St-Onge, the principal investigator involved in the study. "It was most surprising that a single day of greater fat intake and lowerfibercouldinfluence sleepparameters."

The study suggests vegetables and oatmeal as better choices for those who want the most out of their sleep when having a meal late at night.

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