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Is the key to better sleep...what you eat?

3 minutes to read

08/15/2018

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Every night, around 60 million Americans have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

And, judging by the odds, that means you’re probably one of them...

I know I am!

You see, no matter how hard you try or how aware you are of an issue, sometimes these things creep up on you.

And what starts out as just one or two nights having trouble getting some shut-eye...can turn into a more chronic problem.

But what a lot of people may not realize is that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work — especially your gut.

And if your gut issues aren’t settled before you go to bed, they carry over all through your night.

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According to Dr. Michael Breus, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, poor gut health can do a myriad of things to wreck your sleep:

•Shift your circadian rhythms

•Alter your body’s sleep-wake cycle

•Affect the hormones that regulate your sleep and wakefulness

This shocking information only means one thing: your gut health is MORE important to your sleep than you probably realized.

But, there are some incredibly easy things you can do to serve as your first line of defense.

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#1 Avoid snacking before bedtime

To get richer gut microbes, the kind you’ll need to keep your stomach calm during sleep, try eating a wider, more diverse range of foods.

And try to avoid eating for at least 2 hours before it’s time for your head to hit the pillow.

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#2 Solidify your bedtime routine

In the hours before you go to sleep, try eating foods that have a low-glycemic index rating.

These foods will release their stored energy more slowly, meaning you’re less likely to wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

If you do happen to eat high-GI foods, like a dessert or something sugary, pair it with some protein or some fiber to offset the negative effects.

#3 Take your probiotics

The sleep researchers believe the same thing we do, a good, well-rounded probiotic is a major key to maintaining a healthy, balanced digestion…

...which leads to getting better rest at night.

Keeping your gut from interrupting your sleep isn’t so hard — once you know how to do it.

As for me? Well, I’ve included probiotics in my daily routine for years, and after reading this research, I’ve swapped out desserts for a few scoops of all-natural peanut butter at night.

It’s high in protein and low in sugar — and I’m able to sleep like a baby.

So, give these tips a try so you can keep your sleep on track.

They’re small changes that can make a BIG impact, so you can wake up refreshed and remain energetic throughout your day.

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