Researchers from the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, investigated how diet contributed to the relationship between sleep quality and mortality among elderly men and women.
According to the researchers, "poor sleep has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease."
Further, they found that for both men and women, poor sleep was strongly correlated with poor appetite and poor perceived health.
They found that "there was significant interaction between sleep quality and dietary diversity. For men, poor sleep was not associated with a greater risk of death unless there was also insufficient dietary diversity. For women, good sleep only provide a survival advantage if they had a diverse diet."
The study found women were almost twice as likely as men to sleep badly. Women who were poor sleepers had a lower intake of vitamin B6 from food than those whose sleep was rated fair or good. Fair sleepers had lower iron intakes than good sleepers.
Both men and women could improve their outlook by eating a more varied diet.
These factors, they concluded, “may also contribute to the risk of death and intervention focusing on education on healthy dietary practices in elderly people could improve sleep duration and provide more stable levels of health."
So diet variety and more B6 are helpful. Sleeping better is helpful. How do you get someone who sleeps poorly to sleep better? While there may be many answers to this question, it is very common for chiropractic patients to report a better quality of sleep following an adjustment.
Chiropractic care, by allowing your body to work normally and naturally, may be helpful in restoring a restful sleep cycle. Another side benefit to having a healthy nervous system.