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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.

Sleep Florida, LLC
(954) 432-0207
12251 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL
Ages Seen
13 yrs. +

Miller School of Medicine/University of Miami UHealth Sleep Program
(305) 243-5195
1501 Nw 9th Avenue
Miami, FL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
1 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Laboratory* Mercy Hospital
(305) 860-5208
3663 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL
Ages Seen
16 years and up

United Sleep Diagnostics, Inc. - Hollywood*
(954) 442-8694
3702 Washington Street
Hollywood, FL
Ages Seen
1-100

South Florida Sleep Diagnostic Center
(305) 255-0777
12600 SW 120th Street
Miami, FL
Doctors Refferal
Not always required
Ages Seen
18 years of age and up
Insurance
Insurance: Aetna, AvMed, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Careplus, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, Humana, JMH, Medica
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid:

Sunrise Sleep Diagnostics
(954) 964-5800
7369 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL
Ages Seen
18 years and up

Sleep Disorders Center Miami Children's Hospital
(305) 669-7136
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
1 day-21 years
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Miami Sleep Disorders Center
(305) 666-2224
7029 SW 61 Avenue
South Miami, FL
Ages Seen
13 years and up

Pulmonary Physicians of South Florida
(305) 275-7575
9035 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL
Ages Seen
>18

Cleveland Clinic Florida Sleep Disorders Center Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospitals and Clinics
(954) 385-0761
2000 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
16 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Medicare, BC/BS, Actna, Avmed, Cigna, Medicaid, United Healthcare
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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