Sleep and nutrition
Lack of sleep is one of our clients’ most common health problems. Around one in five people suffer from sleep deprivation leading to constant tiredness and fatigue. Opinions differ hugely on how much sleep we need. Many people say we need around eight hours but sleep can be a very personal thing - some need less, others need more.
Sleep deprivation is a modern problem not just because of hectic lifestyles but also because of electric lights - we can stay up for longer and don’t follow the natural rhythm of the day quite like our ancestors used to.
Why is a good night’s sleep so important? Our bodies renew cells and carry out repair work whilst we sleep. The hormone, melatonin, is released when it’s dark helping us to drop off. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and so is vital for good immunity and protection against disease. One of the first signs of sleep deprivation is often lowered immunity.
If you suffer from lack of sleep, you may well be familiar with coughs and colds, as well as other symptoms such as reduced alertness and concentration, mood problems, and headaches. Although too little sleep may not sound like a serious problem to many, for sufferers it can be very debilitating and can have a significant impact on quality of life.
Sleep and diet
You may not associate sleep with diet and nutrition but we find that clients who improve their diet can improve their sleep quality as well. At The Nutrition Coach, we will teach you why some foods and drinks can worsen sleep quality and which foods can help to improve your sleep. We also offer advice on which supplements are the best natural sleeping aids.
Of course, diet is not the only factor which can affect sleep. Work, finance and relationship stresses can all affect our quality of sleep. If stress is hindering your sleep, we will coach you to help you reduce stress and to manage stress more effectively.
Improving sleep quality can significantly boost quality of life - not only will you feel less tired but you will also have more energy. Your immune system will function more effectively and you will feel more alert and full of vitality.