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Sleep expert promises just taking a vitamin will help you get a whole HOUR more sleep at night

DRIFTING off at night is something many of us struggle with – no matter how hard we try, we toss and turn late into the night.

Now, an expert has suggested that the reason you might be kept up at night could be due to your diet, with deficiencies in fatty acids linked to sleep quality.

Sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo says the key to getting up to an hour more of sleep per night is making sure to get enough Omega-3 in your diet – whether that’s through food or a supplement.

Taking to Instagram, the Sydney native said: “How this works is essentially a deficiency in Omegas can contribute to a deficiency in Melatonin, the sleepiness hormone.

“On the flip side, the supplementation of omega threes can support your Melatonin levels, and remember, Melatonin gives the hormone to make you sleep.”

So, what evidence is there to support Olivia’s claims?

The sleep expert explained: “A recent study found that omega 3 supplementation, with no other changes, can support an individual to sleep an extra one hour.

“Second to that, a recent study found individuals experienced a 20 per cent decrease [in anxiety] when they were using omega 3 supplements.”

The study in question was from Ohio State University, and found that consuming more fish oil showed a marked reduction both in inflammation and, surprisingly, in anxiety among a cohort of healthy young people.

Olivia continued: “Where can you get your omega threes? Fish is one, but you wont necessarily have fish every day, or you might be vegetarian or vegan.

“So what’s another option? Hemp seeds.

“They’re naturally high in omegas and they’re going to support your ability to reduce anxiety and may make you sleep better.”

Both hemp seed oil and fish oil are strong sources of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. recommends a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA, which are the most useful kind of Omega-3 fatty acids, every day for healthy adults.

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