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A Secret For Staying Alert In The Afternoon

a-secret-for-staying-alert-in-the-afternoon_300If you’re plagued by daytime sleepiness, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey think they might know why. And they also believe that a small change in the foods you eat could wake up your brain.

When the medical researchers studied 31 people and analyzed their diets, they found that the folks who had the toughest times keeping their eyes open also ate the diets highest in fat. The people who were more alert and peppy tended to eat more carbohydrates.

“Increased fat consumption has an acute adverse effect on alertness of otherwise healthy, non-obese adults,” says principal investigator Alexandros Vgontzas. “Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue are very prevalent in the modern world and on the rise. It appears that a diet high in fat decreases alertness acutely, and this may have an impact on an individual’s ability to function and also public safety.”

If every afternoon finds you struggling to keep from descending into a sleepy stupor, these scientists advocate a switch from fried foods like donuts and french fries to starchier items like steamed rice and broccoli.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineBrain HealthEasy Health Options NewsNutrition

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • John R. Woodruff

    THIS IS A REALLY FLAWED REVIEW AND STUDY. TOO MUCH INFO NOT BEING PRESENTED. I DARE SAY THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. YOU EAT A CARB LUNCH, YOU CRASH IN THE AFTERNOON. REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS POST. DISAPPOINTED IN DRS I HAD RESPECT FOR. YOU’RE AS BAD AS COLIN CAMPELL THANKS FOR LETTING ME VENT!

  • MKH

    I remember watching a show on BBC in which the hosts ate a protein rich diet one day and the next a carbohydrate rich diet. The host eating the carb meal was sleepy during the day and the one eating a protein rich diet was alert. They switched the next day with the same results. Fat (apparently) wasn’t a part of that ‘experiment’ like protein doesn’t seem to be a part of this one. Things that make you ‘huh!’.

  • Roger

    Most all of your articles are too brief and too general and leave many questions unanswered.