Could your sleep disturbance be related to a bad diet or missing nutrients? YES!
If you cannot sleep well, that really needs to be fixed, because sleep is important for overall health, longevity and weight loss. If you’re not sleeping enough, you interfere with your weight loss hormones.
First let’s look at these points:
Have you got a good, comfy bed?
Nice quiet environment?
Not too hot, not too cold?
No electrical beeping things or little lights shining into your face?
Not using any ipads, mobile phones, pc, TV other other devices about an hour before going to sleep?
Ok. If these were all ticked, we shall go on.
Take a nice warm shower before bed time. Once settled in your cosy bed, go to YouTube on your phone. Just for a minute…
Type in Guided Meditation for restful sleep. Pick one that goes for 30 minutes or so. Use good headphones….and then relax. Ahhhhh….Nice….. I am totally knocked out by them and 9 x out of ten, do not wake up until morning time.
Are you eating a heavy meal 2 hours before bed time? That is not good. Your system does not like that.
Are you NOT eating enough? If your blood sugar drops too much, some people wake up at around 3am.
My best recommendation for a little bedtime snack is a small banana with peanut butter. It sets off a beneficial domino effect with your hormones and helps you to stay asleep.
Calcium: Nature’s Sedative
When you run short on calcium, you experience frequent awakenings in the night. This mineral has a natural calming effect on the nervous system. Check your diet: the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults 1,200 mg/day.
For vegans this is actually hard to achieve unless they focus on it carefully. Dried fruit, tahini, beans, fortified foods, leafy greens…all must be added up and then see how much you’ve taken in.
I’m sorry…I just take a supplement, because I simply cannot eat that much stuff!
Vitamin B-12 for Serotonin Production
Even if you you take a Vit B12, your body may not be able to use it. Therefore you will become deficient.
Besides causing irreversible nerve damage, etc. etc. you won’t be able to sleep properly either. Have you had a blood test to check if your levels are ok?
It appears that the best vit B12 preparation to take is 2,500mcg or ug….per week of CYONOCOBALAMIN. Or split it up into say 300mcg to 500mcg per day.
Repeating the type: CYONOCOBALAMIN. The others may not get absorbed so easily. This is according to the latest research findings. Who knows, the scientists may change their mind in the future, but for now, this is it.
Vitamin D3 Modulates Circadian Rhythms.
Recommended amount Daily 2,000IU Vit D3, vegan capsules or tablets.
What’s with all this vitamin D talk!? We can’t hear enough about the importance of this vital nutrient,
“Vitamin D turns out to be essential to support your body’s uptake and usage of calcium and magnesium. Its role in sleep involves modulating your circadian rhythm (the sleep/wake cycle that regulates your 24-hour biological clock).”
That was copied from one of my Nutrition text books.
You could also try to be out in the sun each day for 20 minutes with your arms and legs exposed, because that’s a way to get VitD as well. Except as you age, this doesn’t work, or when there’s no sun….that aslo puts a spanner in the works…Pop a vegan VitD3 pill and all’s well 🙂
So now all what’s left is to make a nice herbal sleep tea with some Valerian herb in it, sip it, have a banana with peanut butter, relax without your laptop…take that warm shower, find YouTube meditation and ZZZZzzzzzz.
Yours in Health and Skinny Jeans,
The Vegan Weight Loss Mentor