A study of females aged 50 and over has found that some parts of the diet most likely contribute to this sleep disorder.
Insomnia can have a serious impact on a person’s health and well-being.
Insomnia affects many people all over the world. According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 40% of people in the United States experience some insomnia symptoms each year.
Researchers have taken due note of this, as numerous studies have suggested that insomnia is not just a mild annoyance: It may actually be linked with many other negative health outcomes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), short sleep duration and sleep disruptions are associated with cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and depression, to name a few.
For this reason, specialists have been looking for ways of preventing or treating insomnia and other sleep disorders starting by looking for all the possible causes.
Existing research has already called attention to the fact that diet may influence a person’s sleep quality. Now, a study from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, NY, suggests that a diet high in refined carbohydrates — particularly added sugars — is linked to a higher risk of insomnia. This, at least, appears to be the case among females aged 50 and over.
The research team reports these findings in a study paper that now appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
“Insomnia is often treated with cognitive behavioral therapy or medications, but these can be expensive or carry side effects,” explains senior study author James Gangwisch, Ph.D.