Fatty food is harmful for your body in more than one ways, but according to a recent study, it can also cause sleeping problems among men.
Turns out men who consume high-fat diets are more likely to feel sleepy during the day, report sleep problems at night and suffer from sleep apnea.
The study, conducted by the University of Adelaide, monitored the dietary habits of 1,800 Australian men aged 35-80 over a 12-month period to establish the association between fatty diets and sleep.
Those who consumed the highest fat were more likely to experience excessive daytime sleepiness, after adjusting for other demographic and lifestyle factors and chronic diseases, said author Yingting Cao.
The study has significant implications for alertness and concentration, which would be of particular concern to workers.
According to Cao, poor sleep and drowsiness during the day is a sign of less energy, which is known to increase people’s cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods and is associated with poor sleep outcomes. The poor diet-and-sleep pattern can therefore become a vicious cycle.
The story appears in the journal Nutrients.
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