Effects Of Carbohydrates

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How does consumption of carbohydrates affect one’s sleep? Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and dietary fiber. Carbohydrates are considered organic chemicals because they contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They are considered a macronutrient because it needs to be consumed in large amounts in a diet which make up the majority of the diet in a day. Carbohydrates are important because they are the main source of calories for a healthy diet. Carbohydrates provide energy for physical activity, brain function, and operation of the organs. When carbohydrates are consumed, they are converted to fuel and used as energy. There are two types of carbohydrates known as simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are sugars that are made of one or two sugar molecules and are rapidly digested. Complex carbohydrates are dietary starches and made of sugar molecules that contain fiber. They are found in whole plant foods which are high in vitamin and minerals. The glycemic index is a “relative ranking on how they affect blood glucose levels.” (University of Sydney) Foods…show more content…
Polysomnographic testing is a sleep study used to diagnose sleep disorders. The polysomnographic records brain waves, oxygen level in blood, heart rate, and breathing. The test was performed after the first very low carbohydrate meal and after 48 hours following the first meal. The results in the study on “Acute effects of the very low carbohydrate diet on sleep indices” showed, in healthy, good sleepers, the very low carbohydrates diet increases the percentage of deep sleep and a reduction in the percentage of REM sleep compared to the control mix diet.. The article also states that the sleep changes may also be linked to the metabolism and fat content in the very low carbohydrates in the

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