Sleep Apnea Dietitian Bethpage NY

There’s one sleep saboteur that often goes unrecognized even though it can have a profound effect on how soundly you snooze—your diet. In fact, ood and sleep actually affect one another: If you don’t eat right, you lose sleep; and when you’re sleep'deprived, your eating habits suffer.

The Center for Sleep Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital
(516) 520-2521
4295 Hempstead Turnpike
Bethpage, NY
Ages Seen
>12 years

Huntington Medical Group Sleep Disorders Center
(631) 425-3895
180 E. Pulaski Road
Huntington Station, NY
Doctors Refferal
Preferred
Ages Seen
13-85
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Ultimate Health Sleep Disorders Center
(516) 437-7236
2343 New Hyde Park Road
New Hyde Park, NY
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
13 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances, call for more information
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

The Center for Sleep Medicine Cardiovascular Medical Associates
(516) 267-6840
975 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY
Ages Seen
18+

United Sleep Diagnostics Inc.
(516) 873-6500
50 Rose Place
Garden City Park, NY
Ages Seen
18 and up

HealthBridge Sleep Medicine
(516) 627-7407
1165 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, NY
Ages Seen
13 and up

The Long Island Sleep Center/Louis Saffran Physician PLLC
(516) 536-8151
30 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY
Ages Seen
5 and up

Winthrop Sleep Disorders Center Winthrop University Hospital
(516) 663-3907
1300 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3+
Insurance
Insurance: Most major insurances accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Good Samaritan Hospital Sleep Apnea Center
(631) 376-4299
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
Doctors Refferal
Dependent on insurance type
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Participate with most major insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

ProHEALTH Sleep Disorders Center
(516) 608-2890
4 Delaware Drive
Lake Success, NY
Ages Seen
5+

Sleep Saboteurs

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By Monica Bhide

If you’re among the estimated 65 percent of Americans who have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week, you’re probably tired of hearing about all the possible culprits for your bedtime woes, from too much caffeine and late-night TV to not enough exercise or unwind time in the evenings. While all of these factors certainly play a role in your quality of shut-eye, there’s one sleep saboteur that often goes unrecognized even though it can have a profound effect on how soundly you snooze—your diet.

In fact, food and sleep actually affect one another: If you don’t eat right, you lose sleep; and when you’re sleep-deprived, your eating habits suffer, says Sally Kravich, a holistic nutritionist and author of Vibrant Living: Creating Radiant Health and Longevity (SPK Publications, 2003). “It’s the ultimate catch-22,” she says. “A lack of sleep causes leptin, an appetite-regulating hormone, to crash, which causes you to eat more,” she says. “Not only does eating more eventually lead to weight gain and an increased risk of obesity—both of which can affect how well you sleep—but the foods you’re most likely to reach for when you’re tired will keep you up at night.” So what’s an insomniac to do?

For starters, get clear about which foods promote good shut-eye, and which have the potential to keep you up at night, and adjust your diet accordingly.

Sleep-enhancing foods
Whole grains. Fiber-rich foods, such as brown rice and quinoa, do more than keep you full; they contain large amounts of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that increases the levels of serotonin (a feel-good neurotransmitter that calms the nervous system) and melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone secreted in response to darkness) in the brain. What’s more, whole grains slowly nourish the body throughout the night after you digest them, says Lauren Taylor, CTN, a naturopath in Boulder, Colorado. That makes them an especially good choice for anyone who wakes up hungry during the night. Whole-grain carbohydrates also have a soothing effect. “Certain grains, like oats, act as natural relaxants and help calm the nervous system,” says Taylor.
Legumes. The high levels of B vitamins in legumes, such as black-eyed peas and lentils, also help calm your nervous system, says Kravich. Adds Taylor: “Legumes can be a great choice for an evening meal because they often replace animal protein, which can cause sleep problems.” But legumes are not for everyone, warns Taylor. They can be hard for some to digest. To know if you fall into this category, pay close attention to how you feel after you eat them. If the legumes satisfy your hunger without making you feel overly full or gassy, they could be a good addition to your sleep-inducing arsenal. Have an upset stomach or feel sluggish after a meal of legumes? Skip them altogether or eat them only in moderation.
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Author: Monica Bhide

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