Acute effects of the very low carbohydrate diet on sleep indices

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URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18681982/
Journal: Nutritional Neuroscience
Publication Date: 08/2008
Summary: The proportion of rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep to total sleep time was significantly reduced at the VLC acute and VLC ketosis when compared to the control night (P = 0.006; n = 11 and P = 0.05; n = 14, respectively). The percentage of slow wave sleep (SWS) significantly increased for both the VLC acute (17.7 +/- 6.7) and ketosis (17.8 +/- 6.1) phases compared to control (13.9 +/- 6.3), P = 0.02 for both phases.

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Low Carb Ketogenic diets saw increases in slow wave sleep and decreases in REM sleep. REM sleep is generally thought to play a role in memory consolidation and learning, while slow wave sleep is thought to be responsible for physical restoration.

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