Scientists have found that the secret of longevity depends on your sex. For the longest life expectancy, men require to sleep well regularly and eat more diverse food, while women need to consume as much vegetables and vitamin B6 as possible.
Researchers from Monash University, located in Melbourne, Australia, found that sleep plays a much more important role in the life expectancy of men than women. Women have a chance to live longer with regular and healthy sleep, only if their diet includes vitamin B6. It can be found in meat, bananas, nuts, garlic and pistachios. Among other things, this vitamin enables the body to use and store more energy from protein and carbohydrates.
According to the study author Professor Mark Wahlquist, poor sleep at night plays much greater role in the early male mortality than in case of women. Sleep problems are associated with the development of such risk factors for premature mortality as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In both sexes, bad sleep was accompanied by poor appetite and poor overall health in general.
The researchers emphasize that a more varied diet positively affects the life expectancy of men and women. For women, it is particularly important because according to statistics, they are faced with the problem of poor sleep twice as often as men. The researchers collected the information based on the observations of 1,865 men and women in Taiwan, in 1999-2000.