Sleep Apnea Dietitian Johnston RI

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.

Coastal Medical Sleep Disorder Center
(401) 349-3985
41 Sanderson Road
Smithfield, RI
Ages Seen

Sleep HealthCenters of Cumberland, RI
(401) 405-0995
175 Nate Whipple Highway
Cumberland, RI
Ages Seen
16 +

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Sleep Lab Sturdy memorial Hospital
(508) 236-7550
211 Park St.
Attleboro, MA
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4yrs and up

Caroline J Plamondon, MD
(401) 272-6602
One Randall Square
Providence, RI
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance Plans Accepted: Blue Cross Blue ShieldUnited Heathcare of New EnglandTuftsFirst Health
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Women and Infants' Hospital
Residency Training: University of Montreal Affiliated Hospitals
Medical School: University of Montreal School of Medicine, 1991
Additional Information
Member Organizations: Rhode Island Medical Society American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Rhode Island Medical Women's Association
Languages Spoken: English,French

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David Barrall
(401) 274-0700
151 Waterman Street
Providence, RI
Cosmetic Surgery
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No

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Coastal Medical Sleep Disorder Center
(401) 921-0444
400 Bald Hill Road
Warwick, RI
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University Medicine Sleep Center
(401) 823-4000
1 James P. Murphy Highway
West Warwick, RI
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Day Kimball Hospital Sleep Disorder Center Day Kimball Hospital
(860) 963-6340
320 Pomfret Street
Putnam, CT
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Charles M Cavicchio DPM
(401) 305-0919
133 Mathewson St
Providence, RI

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University Foot Center
(401) 484-1983
235 Plain Street Suite 201
Providence, RI

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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.
Herbal teas. Tempted to have a glass of vino to unwind at night? Kravich recommends reaching for a cup of tea i...

Author: Monica Bhide

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