Wednesday Wellness: Good Sleep, Good Life

Something to love about summer time is weekends filled with activities, friends, late night BBQ’s and basically, burning the candle at both ends! The caveat as I realized first hand this past weekend is lack of sleep! So much fun, so little sleeping hours!

Well, as we all know, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can experience grogginess, irritability, lethargy, mood swings, lack of alertness and even weight gain!

I also read many fatal car accidents are linked to lack of sleep.

There’s no surprise, however that what and when we eat can either help our sleep or hinder our sleep.

There are certain sleep enhancers, such as tryptophan, melatonin and lavender, that are worth exploring if you need natural sleep aids, and there are certain foods which, if eaten mindfully can also help get in a better night’s sleep.

I found some great links to help navigate through helpful and hurtful foods and liquids towards or away from a great night’s sleep:

Enjoy!

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t042400.asp

http://nutrition.about.com/od/foodfun/a/foodsandsleep.htm

http://www.caring.com/articles/five-foods-that-help-you-sleep

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/1-food-that-can-help-you-sleep-and-5-that-might-not-1118410/

Here’s to a restful night!