Sweet Dreams: Foods That Promote Quality Sleep
The ITIS. At one time or another we’ve all experienced this sudden urge to sleep that comes on after a heavy meal. It might have been some “good” sleep, but that’s not the same as quality sleep, which your body needs. A 2013 study from the University of Surrey in England found that people who got less than six hours of sleep a night compared with those who got 8.5 hours showed altered inflammation, metabolism and immunity genes. These changes potentially increase the risk of a range of health conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to obesity.
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“Sleep plays a critical role in not only looking and feeling your absolute best, but in attaining and maintaining optimal health,” says BDO Fitness Expert, Sloan Luckie.