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Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

It’s something that should be as easy as breathing, but more and more of us are finding sleep to be a big problem. So much so, that the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention has proclaimed insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. If you are constantly chasing those elusive 8 hours, something you may not have considered is the effect food and drink can have on the quality of your sleep. 

 When people talk about diet and sleep, they normally refer to the foods and drinks which need to be avoided in order to gain optimum sleep; for example: caffeine, alcohol and fast foods etc.  Taking away these main culprits is a fantastic place to start – however, you might wish to consider adding some things into your diet to help you get that elusive, uninterrupted nights sleep.

Many sleep issues come down to having a hormone imbalance. In their most basic form hormones are chemical messengers the body produces which bring about different physiological responses. It is the main function of the hormone, melatonin, to regulate sleep patterns, and it’s this hormone that we are  targeting with specific food and drink.

Melatonin

Melatonin should be secreted by the brain as soon as it starts to get dark outside.  Maintaining optimal levels of this hormone is key to making sure that you are able to fall asleep soundly. Melatonin often gets knocked sideways when you travel long distances through different time zones, but  aside from that it really doesn’t take much for levels to take a beating. Watching TV at night, constantly checking your smart phone and being exposed to invasive street lighting can all contribute to an environment unfavourable to optimal melatonin levels. Based on those facts it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that its important to set yourself a  cut-off time for electronic gadgets and get yourself a set of black-out blinds!  But, we can give our melatonin levels a helping hand with the foods and drinks you choose to eat at dinner time.

Cherry juice

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Eat Your Way to A Good Nights Sleep…

Tart Montmorency cherry juice is not only delicious and full of antioxidants, but has also been shown to increase levels of melatonin and enhance sleep quality. All you need is one 30ml serving at breakfast with another serving half an hour before the evening meal.  Luckily this is readily available.   Try Cherry Active

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Emma Olliff

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

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