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Better Carbs Lead to Better Sleep

By and Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Last October, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked unconscious by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. It was a scary moment when Rudolph was face down on the field and not moving, but he eventually came to and was able to walk off under his own power.

Obviously, there are better ways to catch some shut-eye. For one, if you're having problems with your sleep cycle, try reducing the glycemic load of the carbs you're eating.

According to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating refined grains and sweetened, starchy carbs with a high glycemic load delivers a sugar bomb to your bloodstream that can trigger transient and chronic insomnia, making it difficult to fall asleep or waking you up in the middle of the night.

The good news, say the researchers who collected data from 50,000 participants in the Women's Health Initiative, is you can eat your way to better sleep.

They found that if you stick with high-fiber carbs from veggies, non-juice fruits, and 100% whole grains, it's much easier to sleep soundly on a regular basis.

Why does it make such a difference?

One theory is that the spike and precipitous fall in blood sugar that can accompany eating refined carbs causes the body to secrete stress hormones that signal fight-or-flight, not goodnight.

© King Features Syndicate

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