Sleep and Diet

Why sleep matters for wellbeing and its links with nutrition

The 2nd in a new series of 'FAB Focus' events - in which we answer your 'burning questions'

The video recording of this event - together with downloadable handouts - is available

A FAB Research Live Event and Q&A

with Dr Alex Richardson

This special FAB focus session highlights what research has shown about

  • how our food choices affect our sleep, and vice versa
  • and why this matters for how we feel, think and behave.

This is the second of our brand new 'FAB Focus' series, exploring the many ways in which Food Affects Behaviour, the implications of this, and what can be done to improve both research and practice.

These sessions add to our existing FAB webinars, providing in-depth but accessible information and resources on specific topics and areas you’ve identified as important to you, and allowing more time for your questions, discussion and input.

Our topic for this event is the importance of nutrition and diet for sleep and mental wellbeing, with a particular focus on ADHD, ASD, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

Find out more about:

1. The critical importance of sleep for mental, wellbeing and performance.
2. The complex inter-relationships between sleep, mental health and nutrition.
3. How food choices and dietary patterns can help to predict both sleep and mental health & wellbeing.
4. Common essential nutrient deficiencies implicated in many developmental and mental health conditions that can also exacerbate poor sleep.
5. Common symptom profiles that may respond to nutritional or dietary interventions.

In addition to the presentation slides, you will also receive additional resources, downloadable handouts and other materials after the event on key topics discussed, including summaries of Q&A points.

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Bonus: FREE with this webinar

Receive access to our first FAB Focus launch event (details here) when you book this webinar!

Also included: Sleep Problems - Resources and Links

A handy pocket-size guide, packed with information on practical support and guidance relevant to supporting and improving sleep difficulties.

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Dr Alex Richardson

Founder of FAB Research, world-renowned researcher, author, and educator.

Alex Richardson PhD, PGCE, FRSA is one of the world's leading experts in nutritional neuroscience, with 100+ publications including pioneering clinical trials. Her research centres on the importance of nutrition for neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions like ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia; and their links with allergies, immune disorders and gut health as well as normal individual differences in brain development and functioning.

Her book for parents and professionals, "They Are What You Feed Them" explains how children’s diets can - and do - affect their behaviour, learning and mood, and offers easy-to-follow, practical and evidence-based advice.

Answering Questions, and Putting Evidence Into Practice

In the 20+ years since FAB was founded, huge advances in research - from biological, psychological and social science perspectives – have brought important new discoveries in these areas. However:

  • not enough of this information, and its implications, is even known yet to most people
  • some of it is complicated, and can be confusing - and while evidence in some areas is both strong and consistent, others still need much more investigation 

What’s more

  • good research starts with asking the right questions
  • translating the best evidence into practice is not easy, for many different reasons

Please join us for this special ‘FAB Focus’ event if you have questions of your own about the links between nutritional choices and sleep behaviour.

These FAB Focus sessions are aimed at:

Engaging the public, professionals, students and researchers with the work that FAB does
Communicating the crucial importance of food/diet/nutrition when it comes to 'behaviour' in its broadest sense
Providing opportunities for people to get involved with FAB Research - either as a volunteer, as part of a student placement, or in offering general feedback or ideas around our work
Focusing on one particular topic or theme in each event - offering the opportunity for detailed questions to be asked & answered, and for knowledge to be shared!

Book your place now:

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All proceeds from this event will go to Food And Behaviour (FAB) Research to support its work Registered Charity No: SC034604, Company No: SC 253448.

What others say about FAB Research

"Joining from across The Pond… These seminars are incredible! Looking forward to the next one. Thanks to all."

- September 2023

"Alex Richardson has the ability to bridge the gap between her knowledge from the forefront of science and the need to find good information as a parent. More than that –she genuinely cares about helping parents access up to date information on nutrition and behaviour."

- Parent with an Autistic child

"Very informative – will be able to advise parents (in my job as a school nurse) re the importance of diet – Dave Rex’s talk – some useful ideas to use at school along with teachers."

- School Nurse

"I learned a lot and found lecture very enjoyable and interesting. Many thanks."

- Comment on FAB's August 2023 webinar 

"FAB has raised my awareness of the importance of a healthy diet for all, not just those with behavioural issues, problems."

- Early Years Officer, Local Authority

"FAB Research provides a wealth of valuable information which isn't always available elsewhere - and in an easily digested form."

- GP and Medical Advisor

Who is this Event for?

Anyone interested in how food and diet can affect mental health, wellbeing and performance


This webinar is designed to help anyone who is interested - whatever their specific background, education or training - to 

  • understand why nutrition is fundamental to brain, as well as body health
  • appreciate that definitive conclusions about the links between diet and wellbeing are complicated by individual differences, and the complexity of both nutrition and human behaviour 
  • find out how the best available evidence can be assessed and applied in practice by individuals, professionals and policymakers.

Some of FAB's new activities and opportunities are likely to best suit students, trainees or professionals in health, education or allied areas. Others are open to anyone with a purely personal interest, even if they have only a few hours to spare.

A recording of this live event will be available afterwards - along with access to handouts of the slides and additional materials, including links and pointers to further information on the topics covered in both the webinar presentations and Q&A.

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What is FAB Research?

Food and Behaviour Research (FAB Research), established in 2003 by Dr Alex Richardson DPhil (Oxon), PGCE, FRSA, is a charitable organisation dedicated both to advancing scientific research into the links between nutrition and human behaviour and to making the findings from such research available to the widest possible audience. 

Our mission: We are committed to improving current knowledge and awareness of the effects of nutrition and diet on human behaviour, learning and mood. We aspire to be a leader of scientific research into how nutrition affects the human brain and mind, and an intellectual and strategic force for improving public education and professional practice in this domain.

What other people say about working with FAB Research

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