Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Insomnia Foods #4

Did you know that chicken or any type of protein is going to be counterproductive to sleep if consumed at night? According to Russell Rosenberg, PhD and CEO of the National Sleep Foundation, digestion is supposed to slow by about 50% while you’re sleeping. If you eat a lot of protein, you digest the food even more slowly. Instead of focusing on sleeping, your body is focusing on digesting. If you insist on eating a high protein dinner at night, then include complex carbohydrates in your meal to try to moderate the impact of protein on keeping your brain alert. Better yet, eat the protein earlier in the day and try a few complex carbohydrates at dinner, like Jasmine rice or quinoa.

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