Foods To Avoid When Tired
Therefore, trying to survive off of less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night is obviously not the goal of this blog post.
In this post I will share with you helpful tips of foods to avoid when you are tired.
Tips so you can maintain proper immune function, brain power, energy levels, and reduce the chances of you getting illnesses associated with less sleep.
Maybe you are going through one of these situations right now…
New baby or caretaker– Around the clock feedings, diapering, and nurturing.
College student– Pulling late night study sessions.
Swing Shift Worker– Rotating working days, evenings and midnights.
Midnight Worker– Working overnight.
Starting or running a business.
I have experienced each and every one of these situations above. Sometimes at the same time.
If you have experienced any of these disruptions to your normal sleep routine…here are some helpful tips to keep you from losing your health and mind in the process.
DON’T EAT JUNK FOOD: I like to put junk food (AKA Fake Food, AKA Food Imposters AKA Franken Foods) fast food, frozen meals, and many other prepackaged foods into this “Junk Food” category.
I understand! When your energy is low, it is easy to follow the path of least resistance. I use to be at that place in my life too.
Now, I am determined to eat even healthier when I get less sleep, because I know the risks involved to my health and mind are too great.
Processed foods maybe easy and convenient, because you don’t have to really do much cooking or preparation, which saves time, but it is not worth it in the long run.
Junk food is often full of refined salt, additives, fillers, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), poor quality/pro inflammatory cooking oils and Trans fats.
Tip: Nourishing your body with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, high quality protein sources, eating healthy fats, and staying hydrated with pure water can help build your immune system.
This can protect you from getting sick, since your immune system can become compromised, if you are not getting enough sleep.
LIMIT OR AVOID ADDED SUGAR: Sugar can lead to a quick rise in energy, but then you often experience a crash and cravings for your next rush (hit).
Studies have shown that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine. Sugar can weaken your immune system for up to 6 hours, after consuming it.
Additionally, sugar has been related to causing heart disease, inflammation, cancer, yeast overgrowth, diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and more.
Tip: Keep fresh and frozen fruit on hand, if you want something sweet or want to grab something quick.
Eat whole fruit instead of drinking fruit juice, because it does not have fiber and will cause a spike in your blood sugar. Figs and dates were used by the Roman gladiators for energy and strength building.
Of course, you would still eat fruit in moderation because of the sugar content.
CUT OUT SIMPLE CARBS: Some foods may not taste sweet such as; crackers, white rice and flour, but don’t be fooled. Simple carbohydrates spike your blood sugar quickly, increasing your insulin levels in your blood and can lead to water retention (bloating), fatigue, decreased nutrient absorption, gluten intolerance and leaky gut.
Tip: Snack on nuts, seeds, and other foods with healthy fat like avocados.
DON’T ABUSE CAFFINE: There is much debate about rather coffee is good for you or not. Most studies suggest that it is safe to have a few small cups of coffee.
However, you will want to avoid the sugary coffee drinks offered at many restaurants and shops. Coffee in moderation can help you be more sharp, focused, and alert.
On the other hand, if you abuse coffee, it can lead to health related problems.
Tip: Drink more water before and after drinking coffee to avoid dehydration, which can lead to fatigue and headaches.
Take Home Message…
We don’t want to make getting less sleep a goal or habit, but we know with life circumstances, it can happen to us all at some point in life.
Hopefully, it is just a season in your life and not a permanent lifestyle. Eating nutritionally can help us maintain our energy levels, build our immune systems, and protect us from experiencing a decline in our health and mind.
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Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you just were not able to maintain a consistent sleep schedule? Why?
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