A great night’s sleep can boost productivity, focus, the immune system and lower risk of dementia. But does when and what we eat impact our sleep quality?
Recent studies suggest that aiming to have the last full meal at least two to three hours before bed can optimize sleep. Eating foods that are high in unhealthy fats and carbs near bedtime can be especially harmful for sleep quality. Going to bed hungry can be an awful feeling, so what about a before bed snack? The good news is a small before bed snack that focuses on a mix of protein and complex carbohydrates can help the body make key brain chemicals which can help induce sleep. Some examples include Greek Yogurt, cheese, nuts or nut butter with whole grain bread or an apple.