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Intake of dietary fibers found naturally in foods like chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks and onions may help improve sleep and act as a buffer against the psychological impacts of stress.
Monika Fleshner from University of Colorado added, “Given that sufficient NREM (Non-rapid Eye movement) sleep and proper nutrition can impact brain development and function and that sleep problems are common in early life, it is possible that a diet rich in prebiotics started in early life could help improve sleep, support the gut microbiota and promote optimal brain/psychological health.”
The study involved feeding three-week old male rats on a diet with either standard chow or chow with prebiotics. They then monitored the rats’ body temperature, gut bacteria and sleep-wake cycles using EEG or brain activity testing.