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Just So You Know - Issue 2 - 2020

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Better sleep = better food choices.

If better eating habits is on your to-do list for 2021, you might want to consider improving your sleep schedule. Getting a regular good night’s rest can not only help with your focus and energy, it can improve your food choices.

A recent study found that adults who don’t get the recommended average sleep of seven to nine hours per night were more likely to be overweight or make poor food choices during the day.

“When you think about it, the reason for this seems simple.  Less sleep at night means you’re more likely to be tired during the day. If your body is tired, it’s more likely to send you signals that it needs a burst of energy — and it needs it fast. In this SOS mode, you’ll crave snacks that are high in sugar or carbohydrates. These will give your body — and your mind as well — the fast energy boost its craving,” wrote Dr. Mihir Shah, a board-certified internal medicine specialist at Kelsey-Seybold.

jsyk inside2 issue2Foods high in sugar and carbs, like chips and cookies, can give you a sudden burst of energy. But that energy won’t last long and you’ll soon be craving more sugar and carbs.

To curb these kinds of cravings, you need to adopt a regulated sleep schedule that fits your health needs. While some people need eight hours of sleep, others might need less. Track your sleep and see how many hours works best for you.

Shah recommends creating an ideal sleep routine.  Skip the television, silence your phone, and set your room temperature. You can also try weighted blankets or white noise generators to help you fall asleep.

Once your sleep schedule falls into place, your body will respond. If you still find yourself wanting a snack close to bed time, ask yourself what kind of foods will keep you feeling fuller longer.

Healthy proteins, grains, and fruits and vegetables are better options to help you feel sustained rather than that pint of ice cream sitting in your freezer. If you find yourself still unable to fall asleep, its best to talk with your doctor to rule out possible underlying health conditions. 

Source: Doc Talk, Kelsey Seybold Clinic

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