SLEEP BETTER AFTER 50 WITH THESE FOUR POWER FOODS

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Thinking in that direction then, maybe we can do spaghetti squash instead of noodles for dinner. Or maybe have berries instead of melon. Learn what are the carbohydrates, and have less of them in the evening, because they push your energy higher at that point.

Margaret:

So this suggestion has to do with watching your carbohydrates.

Ashley:

Yes, and consuming them in the early periods of the day, spaced apart in appropriate quantities. I think that will help you sleep better.

Margaret:

Okay, so far you mentioned chocolate for magnesium intake, hemp oil for GLA, and having berries or some low carbohydrates in the evening. What’s the fourth power food?

Ashley:

Fats are really important, in particular plant fats. In this group I would throw in olives, avocados, nuts and seeds. I mentioned hemp as a fat source, but nuts and seeds are very helpful for us in terms of getting in those essential minerals that help the body to relax and sleep better.

Margaret:

This is a great list, but I guess I can’t have cheese and crackers before I go to bed anymore.

Ashley:

Actually, it has to do with the notion of having it right before you are going to bed. It really does depend on your metabolism, but the idea of having anything right before you go to bed means that you give your body work just as it’s trying to relax into sleep.

The analogy that I like to give people is this: You get off work at 5pm, but at 4:57 your boss comes into your office and dumps a whole bunch of work. You’re not going to appreciate that. So, you’ll either try to race to get it done, or you might stay late.

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