Lessen Your Salt Intake to Get Good Night's Sleep

   |  Updated: March 27, 2017 17:53 IST

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Lessen Your Salt Intake to Get Good Night's Sleep
  • Nocturia or peeing at night affects most people over the age of 60
  • Lack of sleep can lead to several problems such as stress, irritability
  • Reducing salt in one's diet can significantly reduce excessive peeing
Love sprinkling salt into your bowl of salad, curries, stir-fries and snacks? While salt instantly adds flavour to the dishes, excessive amount of it could also put you at health risk. According to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO), Indians consume excessive amounts of salt in their food, much beyond the permissible limit. It is no doubt a necessary ingredient in cooking, but there needs to be some sort of discipline while using it. Like they say, too much of something is not good for health. Moderation should always be followed. Most processed food items, snacks, street foods, and even restaurant food contain excessive slat levels, regular consumption of which can put one at serious health consequences.

Did you know that having too much salt could also be hampering you for getting a good night's sleep? According to a research study done by Nagasaki University in Japan, cutting down on salt can help you get good sleep by reducing the number of trips to the toilet.

The need to pee at night or nocturia affects most people over the age of 60. Although it seems a simple problem, the lack of sleep can lead to other problems such as stress, irritability or tiredness, and so can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. The new study presented at the European Society of Urology congress in London suggests that a slight dietary tweak can help tackle the problem.

Reducing the amount of salt in one's diet can significantly reduce excessive peeing, both during the day and when asleep, the study said.

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"Night-time urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older. This work holds out the possibility that a simple dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people," said lead researcher Matsuo Tomohiro from Nagasaki University in Japan.

The researchers studied a group of 321 men and women who had a high salt intake and had problems sleeping. The patients were given guidance and support to reduce salt consumption. They were followed for 12 weeks, and salt consumption measured biochemically. As a result of the intervention, 223 members of the group were able to reduce their salt intake from 10.7 gm per day to 8.0 gm per day. In this group, the average night-time frequency of urination dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times.

In contrast, 98 per cent increased their average salt intake from 9.6 gm per night to 11.0 gm per night, and they found that the need to urinate increased from 2.3 times per night to 2.7 times per night. The researchers also found that daytime urination was reduced when salt in the diet was reduced.

"This is the first study to measure how salt intake affects the frequency of going to the bathroom, so we need to confirm the work with larger studies," said Tomohiro.

Inputs from IANS

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