If you’re one of many who feel those multiple nightly trips to the bathroom are keeping you from a good night’s sleep, there’s some new evidence that a simple dietary change may help you get better shuteye. A new study suggests when people reduce the amount of salt in their daily diets they tend to urinate less. And fewer trips to the restroom at night means feeling more rested in the morning.
The BBC reports about the study from Nagasaki University that looked at looked at more than 300 participants. Researchers involved in the study told participants with sleep problems to cut down on their high salt diets. After three months of following a lower sodium diet, these participants were making an average of one trip to the bathroom each night - down from their usual 2 or more. These patients also found that they were going less in the daytime as well.
About 100 people involved in the study increased their salt intake and found that they were making more frequent trips to the restroom than those who had lower salt intake. The study’s author Dr Matsuo Tomohiro believes that the results of the study are promising for those looking for an easy fix for a better night’s sleep.
He also thinks that doctors need to be aware that water intake is not always the problem when it comes to frequent trips to the bathroom. Dr. Tomohiro says, “This work holds out the possibility that a simply dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people.” He adds, “Here we have a useful study showing how we need to consider all influences to get the best chance of improving the symptom.”
What do you think of the study that suggests lowering your salt intake can lead to less frequent trips to the bathroom?
Do you find you get a better night’s sleep when there is less salt in your diet?