Did you ever hear the old saying, “You are what you eat? Well, the experts at the National Sleep Foundation believes that what you eat can affect your sleep. Take a look at what they are saying and see where you might need to make some adjustments:
Food and sleep
Yes, there are certain foods that could promote better sleep, but the best choice overall is to eat lightly before bed (if at all) and avoid alcohol or stimulants like caffeine. Save larger, protein-rich meals for breakfast and lunch when your body needs the daytime energy.
The connection between food and sleep is complex. You know that what you eat affects your sleep, but did you know that the reverse is also true? Studies now show that people who are sleep deprived tend to eat more fat-rich foods, simple carbohydrates, and fewer vegetables, possibly because sleep loss alters chemical signals connected to metabolism and hunger. In fact, some researchers believe sleep deprivation to be a factor in the rising rates of obesity. Eating and sleeping well are two vital components of health that are tied in surprising ways.
Get your zzzz’s and avoid late evening stimulants like alcohol and caffeine.
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