The more varied your diet is, the more likely you are to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, particular foods and beverages may even influence your shut-eye quality, according to a study recently published in the journal Appetite.
For example, people who experience very short sleep–defined as less than five hours a night–drink less tap water and eat fewer carbohydrates. Long sleepers–nine or more hours a night–don’t consume foods rich in theobromine, found in chocolate and tea, according to the study, which included data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is linked to better overall health and wellbeing, say researchers.