Do you find yourself having sleeping issues? Are you waking up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep? Are you tossing and turning all night? Are you waking up multiple times a night to pee? Are you sweating in your sleep? After helping clients and myself with sleeping issues over the years, I discovered that controlling your blood sugar before bed is a HUGE help.
Anytime you eat too many carbohydrates before bed ( spiking your blood sugar), you risk your blood sugar dropping while you are asleep, causing hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can cause sleeping problems by affecting the body's ability to regulate the hormones and neurotransmitters involved in sleep.
When blood sugar levels drop, the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause feelings of anxiety and irritability, making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. In addition, low blood sugar can also affect the release of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles, further disrupting the body's ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
One quick tip to help this is eating more protein and fat before bed. If you eat any carbohydrates, try to eat low glycemic carbs.
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