It is still not certain whether fast carbohydrates are the cause of inability to fall sleep. Some researchers see a different link between pastries and sleep deficiency. They are confident that general body fatigue provokes the desire to eat something carbohydrate in order to quickly "recharge", Food.News reports.
In order to fully study the correlation, the scientists analyzed data of over 50 thousand women in menopause. They were keeping food diaries so that later the scientists could track whether there was a correlation between refined carbohydrates and insomnia.
According to the analysis results, the existence of such dependence was proved. One of the reasons that might explain this phenomenon is that fast carbohydrates have a high glycemic index (GI). This is the name given to the rating system for carbohydrate foods. GI reflects how foods affect blood sugar levels. The higher this index, the stronger the jumps in glucose, and vice versa, slow carbohydrates (that is, low GI) cause a gradual rise in sugar.
To reduce the likelihood of insomnia, one should avoid eating sweets and pastries before bed. It would be better to replace these foods with vegetables or fruits that are rich in fiber. Thanks to these fibers, the body's response to food is not accompanied by an increase in blood sugar levels, HelpGuide informs.
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