Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a society that let us stay home and sleep if we had a bad night of rest?
Of course, if we lived in a world like that we probably wouldn’t have as many sleep problems.
For me, the usual suspects get in the way. Stress and worry. Dark chocolate. And too many terriers in my bed. They may be small, but I swear they have eight razor-sharp-elbows.
For brain cells to fire, it’s even more important to eat for your glycemic index.
For me, that’s 2 eggs over a big bed of lightly steamed greens for breakfast, within an hour of waking.
Then 2 hours later when my energy begins to dip, it’s a protein snack of a tablespoon or two of nut butter, which provides satisfying calories and healthy fat.
Then snacks again 2-3 hours later with a cup of steamed edamame and a bag of homemade popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast and spices.
Followed by dinner of, you guessed it, protein and veggies. Perhaps adding in a slice of millet chickpea quick bread topped with coconut oil.
Eating low-carb throughout the day staves off the rise and fall of blood sugar. When blood sugar falls, so does energy. It also reduces sugar cravings, which can be all-consuming for a sleep deprived person.
Personally, I also avoid caffeinated beverages. Caffeine increases the body’s stress hormones, which creates a temporary rise in false-energy. All those stress hormones make me an anxious.
Not to mention that caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity making it even harder to manage sugar.
We all know I don’t need that.
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