“Adults who had only been asleep for less than five hours had persistently lower levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA compared to those who had a normal sleep of between seven and nine hours, a study has found.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]
With 35 percent of adults in the United States reporting insufficient sleep, and the prevalence of sleep disorders growing, the issue is now a major public health problem. Interestingly, an analysis published in 2010 found that both short and long duration of sleep are significant predictors of death. The researchers suggested that consistently sleeping 6 to 8 hours per night may be optimal for health.
Studies show the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are both important in regulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays key roles in modulating both waking and sleep. DHA is also known to be involved in processes related to the production of melatonin, a hormone associated with control of the sleep-wake cycle.
These latest omega-3 study results add to the increasing body of evidence linking poor sleep with poor nutrition. A study published in 2019 found that people who get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night on average consume lower amounts of vitamins A, D, and B1, as well as magnesium, niacin, calcium, zinc, and phosphorus.
To read Dr. Rath’s scientific recommendations for daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients, see the special Cellular Health feature on our website.