Improve your sleep with these delicious snacks
We’ve all had those nights when we sit in bed, staring at the ceiling, waiting for sleep…and it never seems to come.
As you grasp for answers and wonder “Why me?”, you’re apt to come to a common conclusion: Maybe it was something you ate.
Well, it turns out it might not have been something you did eat so much as something you didn’t eat!
Good diets make for good sleep, and if you want some of the best rest of your life, make sure you eat plenty of fiber.
New research finds a bowl of oatmeal might be better than an Ambien!
In the new study, volunteers who were allowed to eat whatever they wanted required an average of 29 minutes of counting sheep before they could fall asleep.
But when volunteers boosted their fiber intake, they fell asleep an average of 12 minutes faster, while sleep drugs – depending on the specific kind and the study – generally help people fall asleep only about five to 10 minutes faster, and come with a number of warnings of side effects and dangers.
And it’s not just about putting you to sleep – because in the new study, fiber-eating volunteers also experienced a better QUALITY of sleep, with more of the all-important slow-wave sleep after fiber-rich meals.
In case you’re wondering what it is you might eat that could keep you awake at night (or wake you up with those crazy dreams), the study also finds that it’s what people tend to eat most…and most commonly at night: saturated fats and sugars.
The study finds that they will make it harder to get to sleep and harder to get the quality sleep you need for proper rejuvenation.
So if you’re having a burger for dinner and a shake for dessert, you’re undermining your own sleep cycles.
The study doesn’t show WHY fiber helps folks sleep better – only THAT it does.
I’m sure there are a number of reasons that will be revealed in future studies – but the biggest one of all may be the fact that fiber helps feed your gut bacteria, which play a critical role in brain function and may even help your body produce the “sleep” hormone, melatonin.
If you’ve cut sugar and fat and boosted your fiber intake and still can’t get to sleep, you need a little more help – but don’t turn to meds.
Turn to a holistic medical doctor who can help find the cause of your sleep problems and correct them naturally.
For complete natural sleep solutions in Southern California, make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area. Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.