September 19, 2021
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This One Food Can Help You Fall Asleep—and Boost Your IQ

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Good news for people looking to sleep better and boost their IQ—a study published by the University of Pennsylvania says that regular fish consumption has been shown to improve cognition and help people fall asleep.

“Neurons need omega-3 fatty acids for proper cell membrane structure and function,” explains Don Vaughn, MD, a neuroscientist at UCLA, of the importance of a fish-inclusive diet. “It then comes as no surprise that a dietary insufficiency of omega-3 fatty acids leads to cognitive deficits.”

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“Sleep is essential to brain health and function. The brain consolidates important memories, forgets useless information, and continues practicing skills learned during the day,” says Dr. Vaughn. “Good sleep underlies high performance in memory and problem solving.”

The researchers on the team also noted that poor sleep is often accompanied by antisocial behavior, poor cognition, and a variety of other problems—all of which could be lessened by increasing the amount of fish or omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.

“It is clear that omega-3 fatty acids affect brain structure and performance,” says Dr. Vaughn. “We don’t know the ‘right’ amount of consumption so it’s certainly plausible that increased omega-3 dietary intake might lead to small improvements in cognition, with improved sleep as a mediating factor.”

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