Eat For Improved Sleep

Eat For Improved Sleep Not getting enough sleep can hold you back from attaining goals in two very important ways. Too short a sleep cycle can alter hunger hormones in a way that adds to your waistline while potentially limiting the completeness of your recovery from exercise. How can you increase the quality of slumber? A study published in the journal Appetite suggests that diet can play an important role.

Analyzing responses to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in 2007 and 2008, researchers determined that consuming too many calories from a limited number of food sources contributes to short sleep cycles while restricting proteins and carbohydrates is associated with very short sleep cycles.

True Strength Moment: For the purposes of this study, short sleep duration was 5 to 6 hours per night while a very short duration was less than 5 hours. Subjects who typically got what was considered a normal amount of sleep were more likely to have a lot of variety in their diet. So even if you're actively restricting calories, make an effort to eat a wide variety of natural whole foods.
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