Omega 3 and how it can help you to sleep better
The VITL Nutrition Team / 11 Jan 2018
Could just one addition to your diet improve your quality of sleep?
New research published in the journal Scientific Reports found that children who eat fish tend to sleep better. They also found the more fish a child ate, the fewer his or her sleep problems.
More fish, higher IQ
They also found that the children who ate the most fish scored higher on IQ tests on average than children who didn't. This could be due to a chain effect; fish consumption is associated with better sleep, and better sleep is associated with better cognitive performance.
The role of Omega 3
Omega 3 is thought to affect sleep via a number of mechanisms.
1.The study cites several animal studies that have suggested the potential role of DHA (an essential fatty acid found in omega 3) in regulating the internal melatonin production, which is needed to regulate your circadian rhythm, AKA your sleep-wake cycle.
2. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are involved in the production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are believed to be the most potent internal sleep-promotion substance in the body.
3. The study also cites studies that have shown that maternal fish intake or fish oil supplementation during pregnancy is associated with improved neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants and young children.
So there it is, folks. Struggling to get enough shut-eye? Try serving up some salmon!
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