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New Sleep Study: Sleep Patterns Determined By Food Intake! Where Do You Fall?


Who knew daytime TV was so informative!? While sitting on the couch with Caleb trying to put him to sleep I was flipping through network television. I caught Dr. Oz’s intro to a sleep study and I decided to stick around to hear the results. I’ve had a lifetime of trouble in this department!!!  Turns out what you eat IMPACTS your sleep cycle.

A new study categories people into 4 unique groups. This is a VERY HIGH LEVEL RECAP. For more information, please visit the Dr. Oz website.

Very Short Sleeper (0-4 hours a night):

  • Drinks the least amount of water out of all the groups
  • Lacking Lycopene & Alpha-Carotene rich foods
  • Consumes the least variety of foods in their diet


  • Starting your day with a glass of grapefruit juice
  • Peppers, Watermelon  (red and greens vegetables and fruits)
  • Get in your 8 glasses of water – make it a priority

Health Risks:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

4 nights of 4 hours or less and you can find yourself in a pre-diabetic state.

Short Sleeper (5 or 6 hours per night):

  • Consumes the most calories out of all the study groups
  • Eat about 50 extra calories per day
  • Lacks vitamin C
  • Lacks Selenium


  • Citrus! Add lemon or lime to your drink. 
  • Mushrooms
  • Brazil Nuts

Health Risk:

  • Stroke 
  • Heart Attack

Over Sleeper (9 or more hours a night):

  • Lacking Theobromine and Choline


  • Chocolate!! An ounce of dark chocolate a day (don’t worry about caffeine – there isn’t enough in chocolate to disturb your sleep)
  • Eggs, turkey and scallops

Health Risk:

  • Hypothyroidism 

Ideal Sleeper (7-8 hours):

  • Well-Balanced diet
  • Drank the most water
  • Healthiest of all the groups

Where do you fall??  I am a HORRIFIC sleeper!!  I think this is a very interesting study! I think that exercise needs to be included in this mix. I find that when I exercise, I sleep better.

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  1. anywhere from 6 – 7 . this is pretty interesting

  2. Unique concept. Need to make some changes here

  3. I find doing low carb helps me sleep. If I eat junk it is all over for that night.

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