Nutrition and Sleep Explained

2021-02-12 - Zana Ali

Diet and Nutrition 

Perhaps often overlooked when it comes to sleep, but how you feel is directly correlated to which type of nutrients you fuel your body with. Nutrition has a significant impact on your general health and sleep. Nutrients that are rich in protein including nuts, chicken breast, eggs, cottage cheese, mushrooms, and more, is essential to promote muscle growth and tissue repair.

Vitamin D

Another important nutrient to keep your bones and muscles healthy is vitamin D. Sun exposure is a good source of Vitamin D so why not combine some movement exercise and dose of vitamin D with a daily walk? 

Hydration

Staying hydrated provides incredible health benefits while dehydration can cause serious harm to your body. Although hydration is frequently linked with exercise or diet, new research suggests a link between sleep and hydration. It is important to distinguish between hydration and water consumption. Chugging 3 liters of water (~100 oz.) to meet your daily intake target (~2.7 liters for women, ~3.7 liters for men) within the span of one hour won’t do you much good since your body will remove the excess water through urination. To stay hydrated means your body maintains a healthy balance of fluids. We lose a significant amount of fluids when we are active and/or urinating. But our body also loses fluids through breathing, mainly during the night which is a reason why we often wake up thirsty. Staying hydrated is simply essential for all our organs to function properly, including the muscles which may cause cramps if dehydrated. 

REMEMBER! Document and keep a journal of your sleep

In this article we have mentioned a few reasons why you may be experiencing tight muscles and shared a couple of methods that can help you prevent this. Since every individual may have unique underlying conditions to the symptoms, we recommend that you experiment with some of the methods mentioned in this article for 7-days and document the results in a journal. This will help you better understand what methods are working or not working for you and optimize your lifestyle accordingly. Keep in mind, if your symptoms are not getting better these tips could still be good habits to follow to maintain good health in general.   

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