Change Your Oil & Slip Into Deeper Sleep
RICE BRAN OIL IS YOUR NEW CURE FOR THE STRESSES OF INSOMNIA. TRY THIS FIX FOR GOLDEN SLUMBER.
As more and more British men notch up 50 hours at the office each week, it comes as little surprise that many of them are walking, zombielike, towards a mental health crisis. Britain’s reputation as one of the world’s most perennially tired nations – with one in three now regularly suffering from insomnia – is an exhausting symptom of work-related stress, a problem to which they lose 12.5 million working days each year.
But now that you’ve been jolted awake with some nightmarish statistics, here is some dreamier news. According to researchers, a simple oil change in the kitchen can cure your stress-related sleeping problems. A chemical found in rice bran oil has been proven to combat the effects of sleeplessness borne out of the office.
Research published in the journal Nutrients found that phytosterols in this oil have a potent hypnotic effect. Firstly, ferulic acid lowers levels of the hormone serotonin in your blood. Normally associated with happiness, serotonin levels also rise during the day when exposed to sunshine, helping you to feel more awake. Keep them in check, then, and you should drift off more easily.
Another phytosterol in rice bran oil, y-oryzanol, also inhibits your histamine receptors.
Histamine is an inflammatory agent released by your immune system that can put your body on edge at around 3am. Block the receptors and you should sleep right through.
Crucially, scientists at the University of Tsukuba in Japan found these benefits to be specific to those suffering from anxiety-induced insomia, by targeting and lowering levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Of course, you needn’t give up your extra virgin altogether (nor a generous dash of balsamic and some crusty bread). But when deadline anxiety kicks in, a swap to rice bran oil for your evening meal will provide a simple, tasty fix for undisrupted shuteye.