Sleep and Nutrition

July 21, 2014

Sleep1Have you been concerned about the lack of sleep that you have been getting lately? Well it could be attributed to the types of foods that you are eating before bedtime. Healthy reports that poor health is a common problem with more than 25% of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of 30 days.  In addition, your body may be slightly allergic to certain foods and this could also contribute to insomnia. According to Yahoo Voices, “Coffee, soda, chocolate, desserts and spicy foods can all be considered culprits behind your night waking”.   Some of the most common foods known to cause insomnia/lack of rest (that could also be an allergen) are chocolate, wheat, corn and dairy.

Research has also suggested that Chinese food, which often contains a stimulant called MSG, may be a contributor to insomnia as well as food that is typically difficult for your body to digest or causes gas like; garlic, cabbage, beans, and broccoli. Live also adds that alcohol, sugary foods, and tomato products are among the list of foods that could keep you up all night.

Healthy also reports that adequate sleep is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to fight off diabetes
  • Perform well in school
  • Work effectively and safely

If you are experiencing sleepless nights keep track of the foods that you consume during the day to determine those items you may want to steer clear of.

Remember…make healthy choices at Dinner today!


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By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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