Are sleep and food related? Oh yes, both ways.
- if you food is rich in carbohydrates, your sleep quality may be worse, and if rich in plants, fiber and non-saturated fats - it may be better
- eating more cherries, chocolate or turkey to improve your sleep has not been scientifically proven as a working method. This is sometimes suggested, because these foods are rich in tryptophan, which is a building block for melatonin, which is a sleep inducing substance that our brain produces. It is unlikely to work this way because very little of the tryptophan from the food actually crosses the barrier into the brain. On top of that, food rich in proteins actually decreases that possibility. It is possible to improve the chances by matching these tryptophan rich foods with some carbohydrates, but actually it is much more helpful to eat a well balanced diet instead of trying to balance out this small amount
- when your food contains more of saturated fats and less of fiber, your sleep tends to lack duration of deep sleep, which is restorative phase, and yes, very important because of that.
- carbohydrates help falling asleep, but it is not known whether they improve quality of sleep. It is also important which carbohydrates it is - a candy will definitely not help, junk carbohydrates will actually make you to wake up during the night more often.
- people who sleep to little or the quality of their sleep is poor - more often over etan, and usually on sweet food because of higher level of hunger hormone ghrelin.
- people who sleep well resist impulse to eat unhealthy food better
In summary, both sleep and food are important, and they both influence one another.
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