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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.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
(630) 590-2331
120 N. Oak Street
Hinsdale, IL
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0-99

The Institute of Sleep Medicine of DuPage Medical Group
(630) 873-8888
1801 S. Highland Avenue
Lombard, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
18 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurance plans are accepted. Please call for more information.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

The Center for Sleep Medicine
(630) 527-9950
1259 Rickert Drive
Naperville, IL
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Not required. On-site sleep specialists available.
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Newborn-Adult
Insurance
Insurance: Virtually all commercial plans accepted.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Edward Sleep Center
(630) 646-3940
27555 Diehl Road
Warrenville, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers
(708) 423-7378
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
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Self referral accepted, HMO patients need referral
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5 and Above
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Insurance: Numerous carriers accepted, please call to verify your insurance is accepted. Medicaid limited to referrals from hospital staff physicians
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid:

Advocate - Good Samaritan Sleep Center
(630) 275-1109
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
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10 years and up

Institute of Sleep Medicine, DuPage Medical Group
(630) 364-7400
808 Rickert Drive
Naperville, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
18 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurance plans are accepted. Please call for more information.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Center for Sleep Health Central DuPage Hospital
(630) 933-2975
25 Norh Winfield Road
Winfield, IL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
12 mo.-adult
Insurance
Insurance: All accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

The Center for Sleep Medicine
(708) 364-0261
10640 W. 165th Street
Orland Park, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required. On-site sleep specialist available
Ages Seen
All
Insurance
Insurance: Virtually all commercial plans accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders
(630) 375-9499
2088 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL
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>14

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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