If you’re one of the over 50 million Americans struggling to get a good night’s sleep, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Because it turns out one simple diet change could be all that’s standing between you and the perfect night of slumber you deserve. Not just tonight. But EVERY night.
Imagine that. No more tossing and turning. And no more counting backward from 100, turning on white noise, or constantly flipping the pillow looking for that elusive “cool spot.”
Just slipping off into a peaceful sleep, right when you want it, night after night.
Well, my friend, new research has revealed how one group of older women did JUST that. And you could too if you’re willing to make just one change to your diet.
And it’s one you already know you should make anyway.
“JUNK-FOOD insomnia” can keep you up at night
This SHOULD be the perfect time of year for good sleep. The nights are long and dark, the weather’s cool, and the bed is just the coziest place in the world right now.
Yet, sadly, many of us are missing out on the refreshing sleep we so desperately crave. Because the truth is, in any weather, and in any season, millions are struggling to get the rest they need.
But the REAL reason you can’t sleep might not be something that happens at night. Instead, it could be a DAYTIME habit – one you might not expect would have anything at all to do with sleep.
It’s what you EAT.
For the older women in the new study, high-glycemic foods – generally carbs that cause rapid spikes in blood sugar – appeared to mess with their sleep/wake cycles.
I call it “junk-food insomnia.” And the two biggest culprits were foods you might be “guilty” of indulging in too…
- added sugars
- processed grains
Foods rich in one or both of these ingredients trigger a quick jump in blood sugar, setting off a two-step chain reaction. First, insulin is released to bring your blood sugar back down. And that’s followed by the release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
When you eat too many of these sugar-spiking foods too often, you can end up with excess adrenaline and cortisol circulating through your system. And no matter if you’re a gal or a guy that could make it hard to sleep even when you’re tired.
Effortlessly slip off to sleep night after night
On the flip side, certain foods can dramatically SLASH your risk of insomnia.
The same study finds you can sleep better by eating more…
- WHOLE fruits
You’ll notice I capitalized the word “whole” in that list above. That’s because you need the complete fruit, not just the juice, to reap those sleep rewards.
All fruit contains sugar, but whole fruits also have fiber to slow the absorption and digestion of that fructose. That way, you don’t get a spike in blood sugar as you do when you drink the juice alone. Plus, juice contains more sugar and calories than whole fruit since it takes more of it to make a glass of juice.
So stick to real whole fruits and vegetables… skip the junk… and eat more fiber-rich foods, and you should sleep better at night.
And guys, although the study was done with women, the process works the same in men. So if you’re fighting off sleep problems, there’s a solid chance these same changes will help you, too.