Promoting Canadian Oats

Woman sleeping in a bed

Our diet plays a significant role in many areas of our life, including our sleep cycle. Canadian oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates, B vitamins and nutrients that can help you get a better sleep.

Oats contain tryptophan, an amino-acid the brain converts into serotonin, which relaxes the body before falling asleep. The brain need tryptophan to make serotonin, so it is important to get enough of it for good sleep.

Tryptophan can be obtained from a variety of sources, but studies suggest the brain can convert it to serotonin most easily when Tryptophan is consumed through foods that are rich in carbohydrates.1 As a good source of complex carbohydrates, oats not only provide this sleep-inducing amino-acid, but also help the brain covert it. Vitamin B3 which is found in oats can also help the conversion.

Studies have shown stress is a major factor in the quality of sleep we get, and prolonged periods of stress can even cause sleep disorders like insomnia. Insomnia is a global health issue, affecting one fourth to one third of the global population.2

When it comes to getting a good sleep, less stress means more sleep. Canadian oats contain vitamin B1, known as “the anti-stress vitamin.” Vitamin B1 can help strengthen your immune system, improving your body’s ability to cope with stressful situations.3

A recent study states that oats are high in melatonin, which can help you feel tired and fall asleep. Our bodies produce their own melatonin, but the same study suggests that melatonin production is high in childhood and slows down in adulthood.4 Consuming melatonin from Canadian oats is a healthy and effective way to make up for this decrease.

Melatonin can also help you wake up fewer times during the night. Research has shown interrupted sleep can significantly harm clear thinking, making it difficult to perform tasks at work or school. Interrupted sleep can also lead to feelings of irritability and depression.

Eat Canadian oats to get a good night’s sleep. Try a small bowl of warm oatmeal before you go to bed to help you get the sleep you need.

1Chasing Away Insomnia with a Bowl of Oatmeal
2Chronic Insomnia and Stress System
3Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
4Dietary Sources and Bioactivities of Melatonin