Eating more fibre may help insomniacs

May 6, 2009 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Eating more fibre may help insomniacs

Having sleep trouble?  Your belly fat may be keeping you awake, according to new research from the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine in Vancouver.

In this recent study, researchers monitored blood glucose levels, measures of abdominal obesity and symptoms of insomnia in overweight adults who were trying to lose weight by increasing their fibre intake.

Early in the study, the researchers observed that people started sleeping better when they consumed more fibre.  

Scientist believe abdominal fat in particular is actually different from fat in the rest of the body. People with excess fat around the middle experience dramatic fluctuations in their blood sugar throughout the night which may cause sleep disturbances.

It appears that fibre has a stabilizing affect on blood sugar which could prevent these disturbing fluctuations. To get a better night's sleep, nutrition experts advise choosing high-fibre, low-glycemic index foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans) and whole grains to keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the night.

Adults are advised to consume at least 35 grams of fibre a day. One-third of a cup (75 ml) of Kellogg's All Bran with Psyllium provides 12 grams of fibre - over 30 percent of your daily requirement.

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