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Shereen Lehman, MS

Spring Forward or Fall Back: Foods Can Help You Adapt

By March 7, 2014

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The change from to Standard to Daylight Savings Time in the spring and back again n the fall can mess up your sleeping pattern. Your body will adjust, but it helps to pay closer attention to your diet. Here's what I do when the time changes.

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.

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