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Can’t sleep early? Can't wake up on time because you haven’t slept all night? Guess what — your eating habits are to blame for your insomniac tendencies. Say whaaaaa? Celebrity holistic nutritionist Luke Coutinho, in an interview to t2, tells you the truth about why you just can't get the night owl in you to sleep tight.
People who work late and can’t sleep early or rise early often eat wrong, according to Luke. He elaborates, “It’s not a problem at all. There are nurses, doctors, pilots, journalists like you… everyone has different work hours. You need to follow your biological clock. If you are going to sleep around 1 am, have your dinner two to three hours before hitting the bed. You wake up at 11 am and can have your normal breakfast.”
The idea is to have a break of about 3-and-a-half to 4 hours between the primary meals. Aha. Luke further plans it out for you. “If you eat breakfast at 11 am, then you should probably have your lunch around 2.30 pm-3 pm, a good evening snack around 6.30 pm-7 pm and dinner by about 11 pm or midnight, if you are going to hit the bed at 1 am. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep. That’s crucial. And no meal should be light or heavy. They should be moderate,” explains Luke.
If you gotta lose weight, sleep some more. Yep, that’s right. Sleep is, scientifically, the most important thing when it comes to immunity and weight loss. “There’s a lot of magic that happens inside your body when you are sleeping. Your brain produces a hormone called melatonin. It’s also called the anti-cancer hormone, the immunity hormone. When melatonin is produced, it activates the detox system in our body. Almost every disease today is caused by accumulation of toxins in the human body. And our body has a natural cycle of detoxifying it and it’s called sleep,” Luke stresses.
But remember this — it’s not the quantity but the quality of sleep that’s important. Do we already see you whipping out your sleeping masks? Yup, good thinking.