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Nutrition to Support a Good Night's Sleep.

Don't we all want to have a good night's sleep? Yet so many of us struggle, tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, and counting sheep become nightly ritual. While various factors contribute to sleep disturbances, your diet can play a significant role in promoting restful nights. Let's explore the essential nutrients that support healthy sleep.


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1. Magnesium: The Relaxation Mineral

Magnesium is often referred to as the "relaxation mineral" due to its calming effects on the nervous system. Foods rich in magnesium, such as leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, can aid in muscle relaxation and stress reduction. Aim for a daily intake of 400-420 mg for men and 310-320 mg for women.





2. Vitamin B6: Regulating Melatonin Production

Vitamin B6 is a crucial player in the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles. Incorporate foods like poultry, fish, and bananas into your diet to meet the recommended daily intake of 1.3-2 mg.


3. Omega -3 Fatty Acids: Nourishing the Brain

Found in fatty fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, omega-3 fatty acids contribute to overall brain health. Consuming an adequate amount, around 250-500 mg of EPA and DHA combined, may improve sleep quality and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.


4. Vitamin D: Sunshine for Better Sleep

Vitamin D, often dubbed the "sunshine vitamin," plays a role in regulating sleep patterns. While sunlight is the best source, include foods like fatty fish, fortified dairy products, and eggs in your diet. Aim for a daily intake of 600 IU.


5. Iron: Preventing Restless Legs Syndrome

Iron deficiency has been linked to restless legs syndrome, a condition that can interfere with sleep. Ensure you meet the recommended daily intake of 8 mg for men and 18 mg for women through iron-rich foods like lean meats, beans, and fortified cereals.


If you're struggling with sleep issues, consider booking an appointment with so we can tailor a plan to suit your needs.




Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


References:

1. National Institutes of Health. (2020). Magnesium Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.

2. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2017). Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin B6.

3. Grosso, G., et al. (2016). Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Depressive Disorders: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials.

4. McCarty, D. E., et al. (2014). Vitamin D, Race, and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.

5. Allen, R. P., et al. (2008). Association of Iron Deficiency Anemia with Sleep Quality and Restless Legs Syndrome in Adults.



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