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The Insomnia Diet

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 17, 2016 7:44:28 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

The symbiotic relationship between your weight and sleep. This crazy diet involves eating healthier to get a good night sleep and getting a good night sleep to eat healthier.

The amount of sleep you are receiving per night can affect almost all aspects of your health and so does the time you actually turn in.

A study followed healthy adults that slept at least 6.5 hours per night but those who had a later sleep time had higher instances of fast food consumption, lower vegetable intake and had lower physical activity. Sleep timing as well as duration may be affecting obesity risk and poor dietary habits may predispose those with late sleep schedules to increased weight gain.

Overweight adults also spend more of their sleep time in the REM stage then healthy weight adults.  A person's body and caloric intake can influence the time they spend in specific stages of sleep.

The REM sleep stage is the rapid eye movement stage. It is when we experience dreams that heart rate and breathing increases and less restorative sleep occurs than in non-REM stages of the sleep cycle.

Increase protein intake also predicted less "stage 2" sleep. This is when the heart rate and breathing are normal, but body temperature lowers slightly. Lifestyles might also impact quality of sleep. Especially fast paced ones where sleep is sacrificed to increase daily productivity.

If you are suffering with insomnia you might want to look at your diet. A key cause in sleep irregularity could be an insensitivity to gluten. Gluten acts as a central nervous system stimulant causing oxidative stress and inflammatory fires in the brain. Gluten can cause serotonin levels to drop, a racing mind, heightened anxiety and even full-blown depression. Body aches and difficulty with daily functioning are also common. 

The experts agree because over 50 percent of newly diagnosed celiacs have sleep disturbances.They have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, daytime sleepiness and don't feel rested after hours of sleep. Even when some eliminate gluten, sleep issues remain for a longer period of time until the brain readjusts. 

Celiacs and celiac-sensitive individuals bounce between depression and anxiety in big numbers. The rates are staggering. 

Sleep is incredibly important and excessive loss can lead to things like brain atrophy. If you are suffering from insomnia we can discuss the best way for you to tackle it and finally get the good night's sleep you deserve.

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