From sharpening your concentration and making your skin glow, to reducing inflammation and maybe even helping you live longer, a good night’s sleep offers more benefits than most of us realize.
And one of the least understood benefits of a good night’s sleep is its effect on your eating habits and the benefits you get from a healthy diet.
How Lack Sleep Reduces the Benefits of a Healthy Diet
Among other effects, there’s clinical evidence that shows lack of sleep affects the production of the hormones that control your appetite, making you hungrier, and less satisfied when you eat something because you’re hungry.
Lack of sleep also affects your body’s sensitivity to insulin, triggering increased insulin production, which in turn cues your body to store more fat and store it where it shouldn’t be stored, like around your liver.
Foods that Help You Sleep
Just like sleep affects how much you eat, what you eat can affect how much you sleep. But, beyond the idea that some foods can keep us awake at night, there are other foods you should eat for a good night’s sleep, and here are five of them:
In addition to packing lots of serotonin and melatonin, both of which help you sleep, bananas are high in magnesium which helps your muscles relax.
Another great source of magnesium, almonds also have tryptophan, an amino acid that’s a building block for melatonin and serotonin.
Honey is yet another melatonin booster, but it also shuts off orexin, the hormone that keeps you alert.
Oats deliver lots of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that go into the production of melatonin.
Yay, something for dinner that helps us sleep! If you’ve had hard time staying awake after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s because of the tryptophan in turkey.
If you’re looking for different ways to enjoy foods that help you sleep, like our delicious Turkey, Cauliflower and Peas soup, talk to your Fit Food Nutritional Concierge. We’ll make it especially for you, from the freshest ingredients and deliver it to your door. Visit our website to find out more about our healthy meal delivery in Toronto.