Be Good To Yourself

Be Good To Yourself

Nutrition advice is everywhere.  It’s a pity there is not more consensus among the advisors!  Fresh, raw, paleo, low carbohydrate, high protein….there’s an expert to cite for each diet. 
More recently, we have been hearing about the link between obesity and lack of sleep. According to an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, studies describe greater intakes of energy, fat, and possibly carbohydrates in short sleepers.[1]

Daylight Saving Time is almost upon us.  We will suffer sleep disturbance for up to three weeks, as our bodies adjust to the new sleep cycle [2]. 
An attempt to abolish DST in Wisconsin recently failed, so be advised to practice good sleep hygiene to mitigate its unhealthy side effects. 
According to Dr. Charles Czeisler (quoted in an article for CBS News), “sleep deficiency increases the release of the hormone Ghrelin, which makes us hungry, and decreases the release of the hormone leptin, which makes us feel satisfied when we eat.”

How do we cope with all this bad news?  I think I’ll just revert to my favorite expert, Mom. 
“Eat your vegetables” 
“Go to bed at your bedtime”
“Be good to yourself!”

[1] The Role of Sleep in Control of Food Intake; Ari Schechter, PhD, Michael A Grandner, PhD, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD
[2] Sleep Medicine; Anne-Marie Schneider, Christoph Randler