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How Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Helps You Make Better Food Choices


Sleep has a serious impact on not only the amount of food you eat but the kind of food you crave. Getting a full seven to eight of hours of sleep and practicing sleep hygiene does far more than leave you feeling rested. It allows your body to perform at peak efficiency and helps you to make better food choices.

Changing Hormones

Do you ever wonder why the evening munchies seem to hit harder when you’re sleep deprived? It’s because the hormones that signal your brain that you’re full get sent in different levels when you’re tired. That’s right, your hormones get out of whack. When you’re tired, you tend to keep eating past the point when you feel full.

Junk Food Cravings

With those changing hormones, the kind of food you crave changes too. Sugary, high-fat foods trigger the reward center of your brain. When you’re tired, those rewards feel even better which makes you want those unhealthy snacks even more. You also tend to eat those extra calories late in the day when you are less likely to burn them off.

But there’s hope. Getting the rest you need can set your hormone levels straight and help you resist junk food cravings.

Ways to Get Better Sleep

With the right conditions and behaviors in place, you can get the full night’s rest you need to support a healthy eating plan.

1. Create a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines aren’t just for kids. You could include reading a book (not on an e-reader or smartphone though), a warm bath, or enjoy some gentle yoga or meditation while lying in bed.

2. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night (including weekends). This one can be tough but is crucial for setting those circadian rhythms that help you naturally fall asleep.

3. Eat with intention. Avoid a heavy, high-fat meal close to bedtime. It can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Stop the caffeine in the early afternoon so it’s not still buzzing through your system when you’re trying to fall asleep.

4. Try Supplementing with Magnesium or B Vitamins and taking Adaptogens to balance stress and ignite your parasympathetic nervous system.

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This Article is courtesy of BestMattressReviews.com. Check out the links in the article to see how you can improve your sleep today.

Author Bio: Selina Hall is an expert on sleep health and wellness for BestMattressReviews.com. She believes that sleep is one of the most important pillars of health. Selina lives in Portland, Oregon. She sleeps best under a handmade quilt passed down from her great-grandmother.

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