Eat to sleep

Lee-Anne Wann

Lee-Anne is a fitness specialist, presenter & author best known as the tough trainer on the hit Television Series 'Downsize Me'

I am a big advocate of getting enough sleep.  This is key in feeling great and managing body shape yet many of us struggle to get a good 7-8 hours in.  Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your moods, your waistline and your health so it is a good idea to spend a little time looking at how you can make some small changes to improve your sleep.

Hmmm... Coffee

Try these food sleep savers;

  1. Eat foods on a regular basis throughout the day

Energy needs to be replenished in your body after sleeping as believe it or not, your body uses energy when you sleep ,so it is key to have breakfast and then have 4-5 mini meals throughout your day. Eating food on a regular basis like this ensures your body and brain maintain the right balance of hormones and neurotransmitters which are essential for getting to sleep and staying asleep at night.

  1. Eat your carbs for dinner.Yes, really.

Foods that are higher on the glycemic index such as rice, pasta and other carbohydrates help our body’s produce an amino acid that make us sleepy.   Make sure you leave 2-3 hours between eating and going to sleep to allow enough time for digestion.

  1. Watch the caffeine 

Caffeine can stay in our systems for up to 12 hours, so that afternoon flat white could be what’s keeping you up at night. Try a herbal tea such as green tea in the afternoon instead as there is much less caffeine and it gives you a great boost of healthy antioxidants. Studies have shown that not having caffeine for a single day can improve sleep quality that night.

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  • Trileenie says
    This is so true! I have worked out that eating chocolate (which contains caffeine) in the evenings really affects my sleep, I have to have my treats before 4pm!
  • Mellow says
    Sleep apnea is a prime example of sleep deprived, and as mentioned eating prior to going to bed is a no no
  • coco says
    I never would have thought that rice and pasta would help you sleep! Its amazing what you learn.
  • KH says
    I've tried all sorts of food to help with trouble sleeping, none of it seems to make a big difference for me.
  • flowery3 says
    I have heard that bananas are good for an evening snack - as they contain both carbs and tryptophan, both of which help sleep - is this true?
  • ELCEE says
    While i am trying to lose weight and get a good night sleep at the moment this has been very informative. Thank you!! Now it shouldn't be a struggle to get up for my morning run!
  • Hannah says
    Carbs for dinner - wow that's the first I have heard someone say that. I cut right down on carbs thinking i dont need them before I go to bed. Definitely could be a reason my sleep isn't so great, will try this and see how a bit more carbs will affect my sleep then..
  • Anna says
    i always find i cant shut my mind off when trying to sleep! how can food do that =P????
  • Lauren says
    This might explain some of my problems.
  • Cinty says
    Carbs for dinner... Really?

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