Eat Corn Thins™ Products for A Good Night’s Sleep
Do you struggle getting a good night’s sleep? Having enough sleep is vital for your body to function and decreases your risk of chronic diseases like type two diabetes and heart disease. Have you ever considered the role whole grains can play in optimising your sleep?
Your circadian rhythm (pronounced Sir-Kay-Dee-Yan) is your internal body clock which influences your state of alertness, sleepiness as well as your digestive function. An irregular circadian rhythm puts you at greater risk of depression, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other mood and sleep disorders.
Below are 6 easy ways you can set your circadian rhythm up for optimal health and a good night’s sleep:
- Expose yourself to the natural sunlight during the daytime and darkness at night-time. This can mean closing blinds or curtains if needed at night to create a darker environment,
- Avoid having your largest meal at night.
- Make sure you are not too hot.
- Cut off your caffeine around 5 hours before bedtime. Coffee has a half life of 5 hours and can inhibit your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
- Mind the alcohol. It is a sedative but disrupts your sleep cycle.
- Include plenty of plants in your diet. This includes fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds and whole grain containing products like Corn Thins™ slices. These foods are fuel to the good bacteria in your gut and support optimal types and diversity of probiotics. For optimal diversity and health of your gut a good goal to aim for is 30 different types of plant foods during the week.
As a result, these microbes produce and optimise the effectiveness of neurotransmitters ir signals which have a positive effect on your sleep. These include serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. These neurotransmitters are sent to the brain through a direct link called the brain gut axis.
Take home message: If you struggle with quality sleep try these 6 steps and see if it positively effects your sleep quality so you are no longer counting sheep into the thousands.