Isocaloric diet changes and electroencephalographic sleep

Lancet. 1975 Oct 18;2(7938):723-5. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(75)90718-7.


Electroencephalographic (E.E.G.) sleep changes were studied in eight young healthy male subjects who were given a normal balanced diet or a high-carbohydrate/low-fat or low-carbohydrate/high-fat isocaloric diet, according to an experimental design. Significantly less slow-wave sleep (S.W.S.) was found after consuming a high-carbohydrate/low-fat diet than after consuming a normal balanced diet or a low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet. The latter two diets did not differ in terms of the amounts of S.W.S. Both high-carbohydrate/low-fat and low-carbohydrate/high-fat isocaloric diets, especially the former, were associated with significantly more rapid-eye-movement (R.E.M.) sleep than was the normal balanced diet. These findings emphasise the importance of daily diet for the following night's sleep.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Dietary Carbohydrates*
  • Dietary Fats*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sleep Stages
  • Sleep*
  • Sleep, REM
  • Time Factors


  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fats