Do you feel excessively sleepy at work? Then it’s high time when you should cut down on your pizzas laden with cheese and oily samosas without forgetting that inadequate sleep overnight is also a major cause behind this.
A recent study has revealed that men who include high-fat food in their diet plan and sleep for insufficient hours during the night time are more likely to feel heavy-eyed during the day.
Yingting Cao, the lead author of the study and doctoral student at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said that after doing an adjustment for other demographic and lifestyle factors as well as chronic ailments, they found that those who ate the highest amount of fat were more likely to remain under the spell of heavy daytime sleepiness.
Higher intake of food products rich in fat was also strongly linked to sleep apnea, a sleep disorder.
Lack of sleep and feeling drowsy during the day hints at the fact that you are low on energy, but this, in turn, is believed to intensify people’s cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods linked with poor sleep results. Therefore, the poor diet-and-sleep pattern can turn into a vicious cycle, explained Cao in the paper issued in the journal called Nutrients.
Sleepiness during the daytime can have major implications for concentration and alertness, the scientists warned, adding that people are required to pay more attention to take a healthy diet with a good amount of sleep during the night.
“We hope our work could help to inform future intervention studies, enabling people to achieve healthy weight loss besides improving their quality of sleep,” Cao added.
The findings were based on data of more than 1800 Australian men aged 35-80 and their dietary plan over a period of 12 months.
Among those with the available data on dietary and sleep pattern, 41 percent of the males surveyed had reported experiencing daytime drowsiness, whereas 47 percent of them experienced poor sleep quality during the night.
Nearly 53 percent faced mild-to-moderate sleep apnea and 25 percent faced moderate-to-severe sleep apnea.