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We all know sleep is crucial to feeling good and having the energy to do the things we want on a day to day basis, but getting good sleep is easier said than done. This week we have a fantastic guest post on sleep, nutrition, and health from Mira Rakicevic and her team at DisturbMeNot. In this post, they have provided a wonderful infographic and information on some great facts on how sleep relates to health and nutrition as well as some great tips for improving your sleep quality! Please check out the post below and I hope you all enjoy it!

Sleep, healthy nutrition, and exercise are the most important things when it comes to leading a healthy life. We shouldn’t take any of them for granted, but sometimes it looks like we do so since we live in a modern era where everything is happening fast.

According to a study from 2018, the right amount of sleep for an average person is between seven and nine hours every night. However, research shows that only in the US, 35% of adults get less than seven hours of sleep every night.

Another amazing fact is that 1.2 billion people in the world suffer from a variety of sleep issues that are related either to their sleep deprivation or other health problems. Only in the US between 50 and 70 million people suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.

With all this in mind, we should know that we need to change something when it comes to our sleep routines. If you want to learn more about this, you should check out the infographic below (link provided)

The Right Amount of Sleep

We can’t stress enough how essential it is to have a proper amount of sleep. Having less than the recommended sleeping hours can lead to obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and even cardiovascular disease, among other things.

How many times have you heard that taking daytime naps isn’t a good thing at all? We’re here to show you that all those stories are not true. The team of experts has shown that taking a nap is actually a very good thing to do. According to what you want to achieve with the nap, you should choose how long it should last.

Should You Eat Before Bedtime?

If you’re hungry, you should take a snack no later than 45 minutes before going to bed. A good combination for your “midnight snack“ can be a combination of carbohydrates, calcium or protein, and tryptophan.

Can Sleep Help You Lose Weight?

A sleep-deprived body produces more stress hormone called Cortisol, which isn’t good for weight loss. However, while you’re sleeping, your body produces the growth hormone that helps burn fat as well as repair and build muscles, so you can increase your strength and then lose weight.

Bottom Line

Sleep is very important, but sometimes it looks like we’re taking it for granted. If you want to become an expert in knowing everything about sleep, how it functions, how to improve your sleep quality, what things to avoid, etc, check out the infographic below.

I hope you all gained some new knowledge and information from reading this post and would love to hear any questions or feedback you have!

Thank you again to Mira for providing such great guest content!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with rest and recooperation,

Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN

Denver’s Dancing Dietitian

A Taste of Health, LLC

“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”