Study: High-Fiber Diet Improves Sleep
Think dietary fiber is just for digestive health? Think again.
Specific fibers known as prebiotics can improve sleep and boost stress resilience by influencing gut bacteria and the potent biologically active molecules, or metabolites, they produce, new University of Colorado Boulder research shows.
The research could ultimately lead to new approaches to treating sleep problems, which affect 70 million Americans.
“The biggest takeaway here is that this type of fiber is not just there to bulk up the stool and pass through the digestive system,” said Robert Thompson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology and lead