The Relationship Between Sleep And Nutrition
Sleep disturbances and short sleep duration are behavioural risk factors for inflammation, associated with increased risk of illness and disease.
Sleep has been shown to have a restorative effect on the immune system, the endocrine
system, facilitate the recovery of the nervous system and metabolic cost of the waking state.
For sleep to have a restorative effect on the body, it must be of adequate duration and quality; particularly for athletes whose physical and mental recovery needs may be greater due to the high physiological and psychological demands placed on them during training and competition.
Based on this review of the scientific literature, there appears to be considerable scope for
further investigation of nutrition interventions designed to enhance sleep quality and quantity, or to promote recovery in both general and athletic populations.
Nutritional interventions that have been shown to improve sleep:
- High carbohydrate, high glycaemic index evening meals
- Tryptophan rich protein
- Tart cherry juice