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The relationship between diet and sleep in older adults: A narrative review

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posted on 20.10.2021, 22:58 authored by Charlotte GuptaCharlotte Gupta, Christopher Irwin, Grace VincentGrace Vincent, Saman KhalesiSaman Khalesi
Purpose of Review: Older adults more frequently experience reduced sleep quality and quantity compared to younger adults. Diet is one modifiable lifestyle factor that may influence sleep outcomes in older adults. The purpose of this review is to synthesise the current literature investigating the impact of diet, including foods and nutrients, on the sleep quality and quantity of older adults. Recent Findings: Overall, the observational and intervention studies suggest that following a Mediterranean diet, and the consumption of certain food items (e.g. milk), and nutrients (e.g. vitamin D and vitamin E) may influence (improve or reduce) sleep quality and quantity. Summary: This review describes the potential efficacy for dietary factors to improve sleep outcomes in older adults. However, given the heterogeneity of included studies in this review (i.e. aims, methodologies, and outcomes assessed), it is difficult to consolidate the available evidence to make specific recommendations. More targeted research exploring the relationship between diet and sleep in older adults is needed to strengthen the current evidence base.

History

Volume

10

Issue

3

Start Page

166

End Page

178

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

2161-3311

ISSN

2161-3311

Location

United States

Publisher

Springer

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

20/05/2021

External Author Affiliations

Griffith University

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Current Nutrition Reports