Did you know that we can create a stress response in our bodies when we fill it full of inflammatory foods, such as processed foods & vegetable oils? By stress response, we mean triggering the production of our stress hormone, cortisol.
When cortisol levels are high, we're less likely to be able to sleep well, in terms of both your ability to get to sleep and your ability to achieve restorative sleep. Therefore an anti-inflammatory diet, made up of fresh nourishing foods, is likely to positively impact both your quality of sleep and your energy levels during the day.
In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, you can proactively support optimal sleep, here's 3 of our favourite sleep hacks for you to test out:
1. Increase your omega 3 DHA consumption through supplementation as DHA supports and normalises melatonin (the sleep hormone) production.
2. Stabilise blood sugar at night- try consuming a small portion of soaked oats with a hypoallergenic protein to support a steady blood sugar level whilst you sleep.
3. Increase your magnesium consumption through the supplementation of magnesium citrate or by making a healthy hot chocolate using raw cacao powder, raw honey and unsweetened almond milk (these ingredients are naturally high in magnesium).