Jul 21, 2019 09:46 AM EDT
Poor nutrition has always been linked to obesity and diabetes. Although poor nutrition may also lead to poor quality of sleep, it remains unclear how these two can appear together or how one affects the other. A new study released by the American Society for Nutrition, reveals that people who don’t get adequate sleep at night are likely to lack the needed levels of nutrition to keep the body healthy.
According to the CDC, adults should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night to keep their bodies in good shape. The new study found that adults who don’t get as much good sleep at night tend to consume fewer nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, niacin, zinc, and a lot more. All these nutrients help keep the body healthy and free from unwanted bacterial and viral infections.
A number of vitamins and minerals that a person needs to be healthy is not produced by the body. People can get these much-needed nutrients from the food that they eat or from supplements that they take. Someone who is not eating the right kinds of food may be missing out on these micronutrients, which will then eventually disrupt all the other bodily functions, including good sleep. When the malnutrition gets worse, it can develop into possible health concerns.
In addition to the link found between poor nutrition and poor sleep patterns, the study also revealed that women who are not getting enough sleep at night are more likely to lose their body’s much-needed nutrients. Taking dietary supplements might help provide the support, the study reveals, hinting on the possible benefits of taking vitamin supplements to fill in the nutritional gap to keep a woman’s body healthy.
Chioma Ikonte, the lead author of the study, will be presenting the findings of the study to the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. However, it is important to note that the nature of the study only shows the link between poor nutrition and poor sleep. It does not determine whether poor nutrition leads to poor sleep or if poor sleep quality leads to nutritional deficits.
The link between the two only reveals that a person’s health is dependent on a lot of factors, including one’s diet and sleep patterns. If a person wants to achieve good health, he must work with these varying factors to help him achieve his health and nutritional goals.