Nod off

The best foods to eat for a good night’s sleep,

Sunday Tribune - - SUNDAY MAGAZINE -

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.

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