Fast food and sugary snacks lead to chronic insomnia

By Chetana Belagere

Jun 11, 2024

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“It is important to evaluate whether diet could contribute to adverse or good quality sleep,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, a scientist in the US and an author of the study.

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The researchers found that about 16 percent of the participants’ daily energy intake came from UPFs such as sugary snacks, instant noodles and frozen meals.

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Shockingly, nearly 20 percent of these individuals reported chronic insomnia, a rate significantly higher than those who consumed fewer UPFs in their dietary intake.

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Speaking to South First, Dr Satyanarayana Mysore shared, “This is a large study and that in itself shows that there is an association between food and insomnia.”

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“This is new and should be taken into consideration, especially by the young, whom the industry is targeting to hook onto their UPFs and beverages,” added Dr Arun Gupta.

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Dr Satyanarayana explained that though the results of the study are something that one must probe further, there are large limitations in the study.

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However, the study is still welcome to push people to avoid UPFs which overall may be of health benefit.

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