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Five Surprising Foods That Could Be Making You Tired

Your diet may be to blame for the fact that you can’t make it through the day without a nap. What you eat and how you sleep go hand in hand. Certain foods and beverages will perk you up (hi, coffee!), while others will send you scrambling to find the nearest nap spot. And it’s not just huge meals and fast food grub that can cause you to nod off midday: Seemingly healthy foods can make you drowsy, too. If you’ve been feeling exceptionally tired after meals lately, you may want to consider limiting these five foods during the day. Cherries: The fruit is naturally high in the hormone melatonin, which controls your sleep…

#GoodNights Challenge and Q&A with Krystal's Kitsch

Food blogger Krystal from Krystal’s Kitsch shares the ultimate popcorn recipe that will help you fall asleep. Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. July’s Sleep Challenge The National Sleep Foundation challenged food…

#GoodNights Challenge and Q&A with Food Blogger Sarah Coates

Sarah Coates from The Sugar Hit shares three recipes that will make toast your best evening snack ever. Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. July’s Sleep Challenge The National Sleep Foundation challenged…

#GoodNights Challenge and Q&A With Lifestyle Blogger Brittany Robertson

Oh My Dear blogger Brittany Robertson shares a sleep-friendly smoothie recipe that’s perfect for summer. Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. July’s Sleep Challenge The National Sleep Foundation challenged food bloggers to utilize sleep-friendly ingredients in a recipe…

“Top Off” with Milk or Formula to Help Your Baby Sleep?

A MythBusters-style investigation into the idea that a large meal before bed helps baby sleep better. As every parent knows, waking at night to feed a baby—whether by breast or bottle—can be incredibly hard. High on the list of tricks to eek out more precious minutes of sleep is the advice to feed the baby extra milk, to “top off” or “fill the tank” before bed. A bigger meal, or even the addition of formula or rice cereal, will make her sleep longer. So the reasoning goes. This turns out to be a widespread myth. Newborn babies eat frequently and sleep in short stretches because their nervous and digestive…

Alcohol's Effect on Sleep

It turns out that a nightcap before bed may not be a smart way to nod off after all. When it comes to sleep, if you booze, you lose. Alcohol can interfere with your slumber in a number of ways. But that doesn’t mean that you have to put down the wine glass for good. Below, learn some surprising facts about the consequences of mixing sleep with alcohol, and find out how you can enjoy a cocktail and get adequate shuteye.   Fact 1: Alcohol May Help You Fall Asleep Faster. Okay, it’s true that a few drinks before you hit the sheets can send you to dreamland in a wink. That’s because alcohol has a sedative effect…

Why Certain Foods Keep You Up at Night

Heartburn isn’t just uncomfortable—it can also hurt your sleep. Read on for the foods to avoid to keep nighttime indigestion at bay.   Ordering spicy takeout or dousing your meal in hot sauce may seem like a good idea at 7:00pm, but if you’re tossing and turning come 11:00pm, then you’re likely to regret your dinnertime decision! In some people, spicy foods can trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—better known as acid reflux. It occurs when your food and stomach acids rise back up through the valve at the top of your stomach and into your esophagus. The result is painful heartburn. And if acid reflux occurs during nighttime hours, it can make getting to sleep difficult,…

Does Sleeping Longer or Shorter Impact Your Weight?

The surprising connection between hours clocked sleeping and what the scale says Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis won’t just make you tired—it will also likely cause your weight to rise. In fact, people who sleep for less than five hours a night are almost a third likelier to gain weight (30 pounds over the course of 16 years) than those who get seven hours of shut-eye a night. What’s the Connection? There are actually a lot of factors at play here. One is that a lack of sleep can affect the way your body regulates appetite, making you hungrier than you would be if you were well-rested. Specifically, your body gets a boost in…

Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine

Besides coffee, these other foods, beverages, and medications may also cause you to stay awake. If you’re looking for a quick jumpstart in the morning—or you’re trying to stay alert at work in the afternoon—it’s only natural to reach for a hot cup of coffee or tea. Although this ubiquitous brew may be one of the world’s most popular sources of caffeine (a natural compound that helps stimulate the central nervous system), it’s certainly not the only way to get a boost. In fact, there are several other foods, beverages, and even medications that contain significant amounts of caffeine. Consume them at the wrong time—like before bed—and they could keep you awake at times when you…

The Link Between Sleep and Your Weight

The amount of shut-eye you get can influence the scale in surprising ways. A good night’s sleep does more than make you feel refreshed. Getting enough zzz’s can also help you avoid weight gain. In fact, women who sleep five hours or less a night are 15 percent more likely to become obese over the course of 16 years than those who sleep for at least seven hours. Read on to learn more about the surprising connection. Sleep Halts Snacking A lack of slumber can cause changes in how your body regulates appetite, triggering cravings—even if you’re not truly hungry. But you won’t be reaching for the veggie platter when you’re sleep-deprived. Instead, you’ll…