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  • Thursday, November 28, 2019

    Saturated fats increase the risk of drowsiness during the day

    Saturated fats increase the risk of drowsiness during the day

    The high intake of saturated fats and carbohydrates would increase the risk of daytime sleepiness, according to a study. This has particular implications for the world of work and trades where drowsiness is not without risk.


    Heavy eyelids, irrepressible desire to sleep, drowsiness after the meal... You probably blame your lunch a little too rich and too fat, and you're right!

    In a new study, published in the trade journal Nutrients, researchers confirm what has long been suspected: saturated fats (palm oil, butter, frying...) and to a lesser extent carbohydrates increase the risk of excessive drowsiness during the day.

    "This study highlights the important role of diet in predicting the risk of daytime sleepiness in adults," said Professor Robert Adams, co-author of the study and medical director of the Flinders Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health. University (Australia). "People with sleep disorders (such as patients with obstructive sleep apnea) and circadian rhythm disorders, such as night workers, may benefit from dietary interventions to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition, the findings of this study have important consequences for vigilance and concentration, which are of particular concern to workers in certain industries," the researcher added.

    He believes that these results can lead to the design of clinical trials to see if substituting certain food families with others could be an effective strategy for reducing excessive daytime sleepiness in some people.

    Based on data from 4,033 people between the ages of 18 and 90, followed between 1999-2000 and 2018, the study suggests that protein could reduce the risk of drowsiness during the day. Limiting your intake of carbohydrates and saturated fats by counterbalancing with protein could therefore be one of the strategies against daytime sleepiness. However, new research will have to confirm this hypothesis.

    Still, saturated fats are singled out because of the increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. A diet rich in unsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty fish, rapeseed oil, nuts,...) is preferred for better health.

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