Sleep and Food

We have all heard about sleep deprivation connected to diet. From that extra slice of loaded pizza that kept you up half the night to the bloating and discomfort from a submarine sandwich that had you tossing and turning, cursing the way your diet affects sleep?

Knowing this can put you back in control and get your diet and sleep patterns regulated. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to bed knowing you’ll actually be able to get a great night of sleep instead of tossing and turning and cursing your diet affecting sleep deprivation.

Looking for an edge to kick your diet into high gear without sacrificing your health in the process? Consider sleeping on it!

The way diet affects your sleep can be looked at from another, health-based perspective as well. When you’re eating heavy, greasy foods your body won’t be able to digest them as quickly, leaving you to the mercy of that food while you’re trying to sleep. Tips for how to use your diet to your advantage while you’re sleeping or even diet while you sleep:

• Eat enough fruits and vegetables during the day. These help your digestion which will keep you from feeling bloated at night.

• Don’t overeat. Eating in moderation keeps you from feeling gassy and causing “just in case” trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

• Don’t eat in the evening. Your system slows down while you are asleep and you won’t be able to process food as well.

• Get enough sleep. Just getting the necessary amount of sleep will help your metabolism stay at your peak levels.

• Getting enough sleep also helps throughout the day. When you wake up feeling rested, you have more energy to get that exercise out of the way and live an active lifestyle that will keep you trim and healthy.

• If you get less than six hours of sleep a night you may find you have cravings for high carbohydrate foods or even sugary snacks to give you a boost of extra energy throughout the day. Upping your sleep time might reduce those cravings because you won’t be so tired during the day.

When you take care of your body, it takes care of you. Sleep is one of the most important things, and having a moderate and healthy diet can help you have better sleep. Better sleep can help your metabolism. It’s a connection that can help you if you use the information wisely.

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