Can’t Sleep? Sugar Might Be Your Problem
You toss and turn and can’t fall asleep. Or you wake up in the middle of the night and are wide awake for hours. Though you may feel like the only one up in the wee hours, an estimated 20 percent of the population experiences difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep at night, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you’re a part of that 20 percent, quitting sugar might be the key to more restful nights. Being chronically underslept puts you at risk for chronic disease. If you’re regularly getting fewer than the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, you’re at higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We know that poor sleep can be blamed on a variety of factors, including health conditions, stress, and lifestyle. Here’s how sugar impacts your sleep and what you can do about it.