Getting More Sleep Might Be The Key to Better Nutrition
There’s nothing worse than trying to function ‘normally’ after having a terrible night of sleep. Not only do you feel ‘off’, but you feel almost sick. Not sleeping for at least seven hours a night may negatively affect cognitive functioning1, lead to weight gain, throw off our hormones, and contribute to poor nutrition2.
Research presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting found that people who got fewer than seven hours of sleep per night (CDC recommended 3) consumed fewer key vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B1, magnesium, niacin, calcium, zinc, and phosphorus. Our bodies don't make most of these micronutrients, so it's important to get them through our diet or the environment.
"Our findings suggest that individuals with short sleep duration might benefit from improving their intake of these nutrients through diet and supplementation," said the lead study author Chioma Ikonte, in a statement 2.
The study couldn't confirm whether it was the lack of sleep causing a lack in nutrients or the other way around, but said that further research should be conducted around the role of supplementation on sleep outcomes.
Both sleep and proper nutrition are essential for a healthy mind and body. So if you feel like you are having trouble sleeping, it's worth looking into.
We recommend tracking how many hours you're sleeping at night (using your smart device) and noting when you wake up throughout the night. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you may want to try NATURELO's Sleep Formula made with valerian, chamomile & melatonin, or our Melatonin Gummies.
Poor nutrition can also be a big factor as to why you are having trouble sleeping 4. We recommend checking with your doctor to see what key vitamins or minerals you may be lacking.
A good way to make sure you are getting enough essential vitamins and minerals is by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet, and taking a plant-based Whole Food Multivitamin.
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2. Study links poor sleep with poor nutrition, 9-JUN-2019
3. Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults — United States, 2014
4. Effects of Diet on Sleep Quality, 2016 Sep 7