The appropriate night's rest for our children is, like a healthy and balanced diet, one of the bases for establishing healthy lifestyle habits. However, we may not take into account the interrelationship between the two habits as much as we should.
Although the statement "we are what we eat" is a fact, the one that says "we sleep as we eat" is no less so, so, especially in childhood, it is convenient to observe eating habits if the sleep pattern is not the appropriate one or vice versa. To help you, We tell you what foods make it easy and difficult for children to sleep.
While there are foods that can help promote sleep in children, others can sabotage it without us realizing it and, curiously, the opposite is also true, an inappropriate rest encourages consuming a diet much less healthy than a good rest.
- Sugars, caffeine and other stimulants, the pure cocoa among them, activate hormones and neurotransmitters involved in attention stimuli and, if consumed in the late afternoon, can delay the biological beginning of the innate sleep routine, that is, the way the body begins to relax.
- Large meals They require great energy for their digestion, which is usually heavy, in addition to raising the body temperature, and it seems that, according to a recent study, it is a decrease in body temperature that stimulates a good rest. It is therefore advisable to avoid copious dinners, and offer the child a good dinner, but without overdoing it.
- Foods rich in fat they decrease the quality of sleep, while those rich in carbohydrates, provided that they are consumed in advance enough so that digestion is finished at bedtime, help to improve rest.
- Diets that provide low amounts of vitamin C, thiamine and folic acid seem to negatively influence the number of hours that children sleep, while in the case of minerals, it is selenium, iron, zinc and phosphorus that seem to exert this negative effect.
- The water amount that is consumed also influences the quality of rest, so good hydration is essential.
In short, a balanced diet has a beneficial influence on the duration and quality of sleep.
The greater the variety of foods in the diet, the greater the probability that they include all the nutrients that are needed and are related to a good rest, without forgetting that it is convenient to include complex carbohydrates, proteins from foods low in fat and healthy fats that include acids omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, washed down with 4-8 glasses of water, depending on the age of the child.
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