Not many people link what they eat during the day to how well they sleep at night, but it’s definitely something to consider, especially if you suffer from insomnia or sleep deprivation.

Why is sleep important?

Getting proper rest is vital to optimal physical and brain health. And as we age, this becomes even more important.

If you wake often during the night, your body is not able to cycle through the processes needed to keep you healthy and productive.

Studies show that continuous lack of sleep can lead to stroke, weight gain, cognitive decline, heart disease, and a weakened immune system.

Experts recommend adults get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Foods to Eat for Good Rest

Poor nutrition can lead to poor sleep. Here are balancing foods that can help you get sleep.

  • Salmon
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach

It’s also important to incorporate carbohydrates into your diet. Choose nutrient-dense carbs such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain breads and pastas. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Foster good gut health by eating prebiotic and probiotic foods. Get some sun and don’t forget to exercise.

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