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Getting Enough Quality Sleep Correlates With Healthier Diet, Study Concludes

November 6, 2009: 03:04 AM EST
Adequate sleep – but not experiences at work – is a strong predictor of healthy food choices and better health, according to a new U.S. study of 542 men who put in long hours on irregular shifts in the trucking industry. The findings suggest that adequate sleep somehow mediates the effects of the workplace on healthy food choices. There is a link to chronic disease, the researchers said, because inadequate or poor sleep correlates with weight gain, diabetes, etc. “Sleep adequacy, by enhancing [healthy] dietary choices, is one means by which workplace factors may influence chronic disease risk," the researchers said.
Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD, Lisa M. Quintiliani, PhD, et al., "Association of Sleep Adequacy With More Healthful Food Choices", American Journal of Public Health, November 06, 2009, © American Public Health Association
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