Sleep & Diet: Why You Feel Tired All The Time

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Do you often wonder why you feel so tired after a full night’s sleep? Do you wake up feeling restless and fatigued? It’s possible that these symptoms can be related to your diet and sleeping habits.

5 elements taht you can add to your diet that will signifcantly improve your quality of sleep:

•    Magnesium
•   B12
•   Carbohydrates
•   Mushrooms
•   Light

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is one of the most important essential elements that your human body requires. Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, our bodies do not produce magnesium on its own. We are required to consume this element through our diet to meet our body’s daily need. Examples of Magnesium-rich foods include: seeds and nuts, dark leafy greens, legumes, and unprocessed whole grains. It is estimated that half of the adult population in America is deficient in magnesium. The number one symptom of magnesium deficiency is insomnia and restless nights. Your energy production is dramatically reduced with low levels of magnesium, as this element plays a huge role in the activation of ATP and GABA. ATP is the energy molecule that fuels your body’s cells and GABA is a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Thankfully, there are other ways your body can absorb magnesium. There are several lotions and body sprays available online and in health food stores. A well-known Magnesium topical spray – NOW brand – is available on Amazon for $6.83 for an 8-ounce bottle.

Science has proven that the average person should consume 100-350mg of magnesium daily for optimal health. It is imperative to monitor your Magnesium intake in order to have an optimal sleep regimen.

Benefits of B12

Vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin, is responsible for keeping red blood cells and nerve cells healthy. Low levels of B12 can cause weakness and fatigue, resulting in restless sleep. It’s important to consume a natural diet of shellfish, eggs, dairy, and meat which provide good sources of vitamin B12.

In addition, there are other supplements of B12 if you are allergic or do not enjoy those foods. Injections and over the counter supplements are other options for increasing your B12 levels.

Carbohydrates and sleep

Carbs are the answer! Do you have trouble falling asleep? Eat some starchy carbohydrates a couple hours before bedtime. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published an Australian study which suggests carbohydrates raise blood sugar, resulting in quicken sleep. Plus, carbohydrates boost serotonin and tryptophan which are brain chemicals involved in sleep. A good go to carb for sleep is Jasmine rice, per the Australian study.

Can mushrooms affect sleep?

Who would have thought that mushrooms can affect your sleeping habits? Ultimately, the American population lacks many vitamins that are crucial to a healthy functioning body. Mushrooms have high levels of selenium, Vitamin D, and potassium. Surprisingly, a ½ cup of cooked mushrooms contributes to 1/3 of the required daily intake of selenium. Selenium is an important mineral in our body that supports the functions of the thyroid and metabolism.

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Effects of light on sleep

Light has an abysmal effect on sleep due to the body’s internal sleep clock. Too much light stimulates the body which in turn generates alertness and energy. Darkness is essential for healthy sleeping patterns. The absences of light send signals to the body that it is time to rest. High levels of Melatonin (the sleep hormone) influences the body to wind down in the evening. Your Melatonin levels start to decrease around 3am so you awaken peacefully in the morning. It is important to schedule your sleeping habits with the natural absence of natural and artificial light.