The best foods to eat for a good night’s sleep,
SLEEP has become widely recognised as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness – alongside diet, stress management and exercise.
Recently, researchers found poor sleep influences our dietary choices; and diet influences sleep quality. Not sleeping for long enough or poor quality sleep are associated with increased food intake, a less healthy diet and weight gain. Lack of sleep also leads to increased snacking and overeating. And it causes us to want to eat foods high in fat and carbohydrates – with increased chemical rewards to the brain when we do eat these foods.
Essentially, poor sleep drives your body to find high energy foods to keep you awake. That makes fighting the cravings for unhealthy foods very difficult to resist.
But, when we have slept well our appetite hormones are at a normal level. We don’t crave unhealthy food so much – and we can make better choices about what we eat.