Eat to sleep!

Scientists have discovered a link between food and sleep that may explain why we sleep well or not so well. Complete the summary with reference to the text!

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nutrients - bedtime - meat - patterns - KFC - fish - protein - wrong - choose - food - hour - dairy - chemicals - McDonalds - magnesium - quality

Recent research has shown that lack of sleep and not sleeping well can lead us to eat more food and the kind of food, and can therefore cause us to put on weight. We eat the wrong kinds of food when we’re tired, because these bad foods lead to the production of in our brains, which our brains interpret as a kind of reward. If we get enough sleep the opposite happens. Our bodies the right kind of food to eat. Melatonin, the hormone that influences sleep , is produced by our brains and tells us when and how long to sleep. Production of this hormone is in turn influenced by a , tryptophan, that can only be obtained from . Tryptophan becomes more available when we eat B vitamins and . If your diet lacks these then the of your sleep will suffer. Dieting can therefore have a negative impact on sleep, unless you make sure that the foods you do eat contain the right . For example, products can help you to sleep. The same is true of nuts, and also , which contain magnesium. Other kinds of also contain the right ingredients for good sleep. Drink some semi-skimmed or skimmed milk before bed and eat a banana or some nuts, but wait for an after eating before going to bed as it takes a while for the tryptophan in these foods to take effect. And don’t limit these foods to snacks. Make sure you eat them throughout the day.

Recent research has shown that lack of sleep and not sleeping well can lead us to eat more food and the wrong (1) kind of food, and can therefore cause us to put on weight. We eat the wrong kinds of food when we’re tired, because these bad foods lead to the production of chemicals (2) in our brains, which our brains interpret as a kind of reward. If we get enough sleep the opposite happens. Our bodies choose (3) the right kind of food to eat. Melatonin, the hormone that influences sleep patterns (4), is produced by our brains and tells us when and how long to sleep. Production of this hormone is in turn influenced by a protein (5), tryptophan, that can only be obtained from food (6). Tryptophan becomes more available when we eat B vitamins and magnesium (7). If your diet lacks these then the quality (8) of your sleep will suffer. Dieting can therefore have a negative impact on sleep, unless you make sure that the foods you do eat contain the right nutrients (9). For example, dairy (10) products can help you to sleep. The same is true of nuts, and also fish (11), which contain magnesium. Other kinds of meat (12) also contain the right ingredients for good sleep. Drink some semi-skimmed or skimmed milk before bed and eat a banana or some nuts, but wait for an hour (13) after eating before going to bed as it takes a while for the tryptophan in these foods to take effect. And don’t limit these foods to bedtime (14) snacks. Make sure you eat them throughout the day.

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