DEEPENS SLEEP: Hol­i­day bak­ing

First For Women - - Health -

Do­ing your hol­i­day bak­ing in the evening—and snack­ing a bit as you work—will help you drift off 10 min­utes faster, plus sleep up to 38 per­cent more soundly, sug­gests re­search in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion. Ac­cord­ing to study coau­thor He­len O’Con­nor, Ph.D., as the evening wears on, your need for carbs nat­u­rally rises since your brain uses these nu­tri­ents to kick-start pm pro­duc­tion of sero­tonin—a hor­mone that helps you feel calm, re­laxed and sleepy.

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