Get OFF the poor sleep/bad diet merry-go-round.
The connection between sleep and dietary habits has been studied for years. Recent findings suggest that not only can poor sleep lead to bad food choices but that those bad food choices can lead to…more sleep depravation.
Is the vicious circle making you dizzy yet?
Data evaluated by the University of Pennsylvania from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the group of subjects who ate the most calories was the same group who slept the least. This group, the “short” sleep group averaged five to six hours per night.
So how can we achieve healthier sleep patterns and avoid binging on bad food?
Follow these suggestions from the above referenced study…
1. Drink plenty of water. (Don’t OVER do it or your sleep will be interrupted by multiple trips to the bathroom!)
2. Eat a wide variety of foods. The study found people in the 7-8 hours group had a varied diet higher in things like…vitamin C (think strawberries, kiwi & bell peppers), lycopene (found in tomatoes), and selenium (a mineral in nuts, meat, & shellfish).
3. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night, the amount found to be related with the best food choices, a balanced intake of calories and optimal health.
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