DINE LIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT
If you’re the type to lie in bed wide-eyed and stressing out, there could be one easy cure: chow down a little earlier. Tucking into a big plate of spag bol at a time closer to Gogglebox than Eastenders may be putting your body on high alert for the night, says a study by Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey. That’s because eating a heavy meal less than two hours before dozing off boosts the production of stress hormones and prevents your blood pressure taking its 10% overnight dip. Ideally you should eat before 7pm, but what to do when that’s not an option? Lentil soup is your late-night friend, says nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert*. ‘It’s high in protein and fibre to keep you full without sitting heavily,’ she says. Try Sainsbury’s Lentil Dahl Soup, £1.45, then hit your box sets before calling it a night.
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