Sunday, January 28, 2007

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep - Beauty Eats on Yahoo! Food

Interesting article here about what to eat if you can't sleep. To get some sleep, maybe I'll have to mix up some kind of potato-banana split with honey and almonds and oatmeal with milk and tea topped off with a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with flax seeds. Where'd I put the tums?

Comments on "Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep"


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 29, 2007 4:19 PM) : 

Actually, you're not supposed to eat before bed, even though I do it semi-regularly.

The idea is that when you eat, your body produces insulin, which acts as a blocker to the growth hormone that is normally produced about 30 minutes into sleep.

So basically you're losing out on some potential goodness if you pack it away before hitting the hay.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (January 29, 2007 4:58 PM) : 

what exactly am I supposed to be 'growing' if I don't eat before sleep? You mean if I didn't eat before bed, I'd be taller? :)

I've found it's not too bad to eat before sleep as long as it isn't sugar - that can give you a short buzz that'll keep you awake. Fruit isn't too bad though...


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 30, 2007 3:08 PM) : 

From the wikipedia article on growth hormone:

* It increases calcium retention, and strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone.

* It increases muscle mass through the creation of new muscle cells (which differs from hypertrophy)

* It promotes lipolysis, which results in the reduction of adipose tissue (body fat).

* It increases protein synthesis and stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain.

* It plays a role in fuel homeostasis.

* It reduces liver uptake of glucose, an effect that opposes that of insulin.

* It also contributes to the maintenance and function of pancreatic islets.

* It stimulates the immune system.

It was recommended that people who are trying to lose weight don't eat before bed... that's where I heard it. Apparently there are some other good things this hormone does as well.


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 30, 2007 3:13 PM) : 

On the other hand, I think fruit digests pretty quick, so there's probably less of an effect than eating your supper then going to sleep. :-)


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (January 30, 2007 6:00 PM) : 

good to know :)


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