Sleep Apnea Dietitian Middletown CT

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.

Middlesex Hospital Sleep Disorder Center
(860) 358-6442
28 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT
Ages Seen
13-100

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/Glastonbury Gaylord Hospital
(203) 284-2818
676 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT
Ages Seen
Mar-99

Prime HealthCare Sleep Disorders Center
(860) 521-2231
2 Emily Way
West Hartford, CT
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
13+
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted


Sleep Disorders Center Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
(860) 714-7100
114 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT
Ages Seen
5 and older

ECHN Sleep Disorders Center Manchester Memorial Hospital
(860) 646-1222 x2750
71 Haynes Street
Manchester, CT
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
12y.o. – Adult
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Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

The Connecticut Sleep Lab
(860) 770-6748
One Lake Street
New Britain, CT
Ages Seen
16+

Hartford Hospital Sleep Disorder Center
(860) 545-2996
75 Jefferson Street
Hartford, CT
Ages Seen
Greater than or equal to 16

ProHealth Sleep Center at the Courtyard by Marriott
(877) 566-9311
1583 SE Road
Farmington, CT
Ages Seen
Jun-99

GaylordSleep Medicine/Guilford Gaylord Hospital
(203) 679-3519
37 Soundview Road
Guilford, CT
Ages Seen
Mar-90

Hamden Sleep Disorders Center LLC
(203) 288-8300
2543 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
Ages Seen
7 years and older

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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