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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

Spring Forward: Foods Can Help You Adapt

By March 7, 2014

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It's coming. The change from to Standard to Daylight Savings Time gives us less sunlight in the morning, but it gets dark later at night. It always takes me a few days to get used to a new sleeping pattern. Do you have this problem too? Your body will adjust, but it helps to pay closer attention to your diet. There are foods you eat can help you sleep.

Go easy on the caffeine. A cup of coffee or two in the morning is fine, but consuming too much caffeine later in the day may disrupt your sleep.

Don't skip breakfast. Even if you're groggy in the morning, you need to get some fuel in your body before going to work or school.

Avoid heavy foods or spicy foods, especially at night. Or any foods you know that may cause heartburn, making it difficult for you to sleep.

Don't drink too much alcohol. Over-consumption of your favorite adult beverages may cause a very restless uncomfortable night.

Eat cherries. Not only are they rich in vitamins, cherries contain melatonin, a substance also found in the human body that helps regulate sleep. Eating fresh or dried cherries before you go to bed at night may help you sleep better.

Got a nutrition question? Ask me!

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