The simple trick you can do before bed to help you sleep and beat insomnia
New research claims that simply drinking more water before hitting the sack could prevent restless nights
DRINKING more water before hitting the sack could help you sleep better.
That’s according to a fresh study by Penn State University, which suggests those who suffer a night of poor sleep should consider dehydration as a cause, and drink more water.
Reasons for sleepless nights are sometimes linked to underlying psychological issues, but the new research suggests simply being hydrated could solve a night of tossing and turning.
Scientists reached this conclusion after finding those who sleep just six hours a night, as opposed to eight, have a higher chance of being dehydrated.
“If you are only getting six hours of sleep a night, it can affect your hydration status,” said Penn State’s professor of biobehavioral health, Asher Rosinger.
“This study suggests that if you’re not getting enough sleep, and you feel bad or tired the next day, drink extra water.”
The research looked at how sleep affected hydration status and the risk of dehydration in adults from the US and China.
More than 20,000 adults were sampled in the study, and analysed through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Participants were surveyed about their sleeping habits, and also provided urine samples which were analysed for biomarkers of hydration.
In both populations, the researchers found that adults who reported sleeping six hours had much more concentrated pee and 16-59 per cent higher odds of being dehydrated compared to those who slept eight hours on a regular basis.