A new report presented this week in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition finds a potential link between nutrition and the amount and quality of sleep a person gets.
In a study led and funded, it should be noted, by vitamin and supplement maker Pharmavite, scientists found people who get less than seven hours slumber on average also get less of vitamins A, D, and B1, as well as magnesium, niacin, calcium, zinc and phosphorus.
“Whether chronic short sleep causes nutrient insufficiency or the nutrient insufficiency causes short sleep still needs to be determined,” said lead researcher Chioma Ikonte. “A clinical study that investigates (impacts of) supplementation with these nutrients on sleep outcomes is needed to demonstrate cause and effect.”
The research used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and also found that taking dietary supplements might be helpful for the under-rested.