The end of Daylight Savings Time, especially the change in the clock in the fall and winter months, can wreak havoc on your internal clock. For many, it also includes some minor depression (goodbye sunshine). Aside from using a seasonal light by my desk, I try and include the following list of foods into my diet during the change in the time to help my body get over the negative effects of the dreaded time change.
Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock, says Keri Gans, a registered dietician in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. One study—albeit a minor one—found that drinking tart cherry juice resulted in small improvements in sleep duration and quality in adults who suffered from chronic insomnia. (And travelers often take melatonin capsules to combat jet lag). Why not a few cherries, tart or otherwise, to promote sleep?
Fast Food - The stratospheric fat content of this particular fast food is guaranteed to be a sleep killer. Fat stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, which can spill up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Fatty foods can also loosen the lower esophageal sphincter, the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, making it even easier for acid to get in all the wrong places. In fact, there’s almost nothing to.......READ MY FULL BLOG HERE!