foodWhat superfood can help you sleep?

According to scientists in Taiwan, kiwi is a standard presence in our fruit salad and should have a place in your kitchen’s bowl of fruits. It is usually full of Vitamin C which has active antioxidant properties which help in boosting and enhancing the operations of your immune system.

These include repair of cells and respiratory functions. Eating kiwi may have tremendous benefits to your sleep according to a study from the Taipei Medical University in Taiwan. The study showed that consumption of kiwi on a daily basis has far-reaching benefits to sleep quantity and quality. The study included two men and 22 women between ages 20 to 55. Each of these persons experienced disrupted sleep.

The volunteers ate two kiwi fruits one hour before going to bed for four weeks. For the four weeks researchers collected data on their sleep using data diaries, sleep-quality questionnaires, and watches that measured characteristics of their sleep quantity and quality. After four weeks of this study there were great improvements to certain measures of their sleep. These included:

– The amount of time it took for them to sleep known as sleep latency decreased by 30.5%.

– The volunteers slept more soundly and spells of wakefulness after falling asleep fell by 28.9%.

-Sleep quality improved by 42.4%.

-The period of time spent sleeping compared to the time spent in bed awake increased by 5.41%

-Overall, people were able to sleep more. Their total time increased by 13.4%

Research has found out that there is a link between antioxidants and sleep. The high antioxidant and serotonin levels in this fruit are major characteristics that make it a super sleep inducing food. Poor sleep occurs as a result of decreased levels of antioxidants.

The high levels of serotonin in this fruit contribute to digestive and cardiovascular functions in the body and its deficiency may lead to depression and mood disorders which may lead to lack of sleep. Kiwi is highly concentrated in serotonin and that is why it improves the ability to sleep.food2

Other aspects of sleep that serotonin contributes in the body include initiating sleep onset and maintaining sleep throughout the night. The hormone serotonin regulates movement throughout all stages of sleep which include periods of deep sleep and slow wave sleep. It also simulates one to be awake in the morning.

Manipulations of the levels of this hormone up or down may inhibit or increase your levels of sleep. These are major improvements in quality, quantity and efficiency of sleep.