As part of our ‘Sleeping Beauty’ experts series, we’re pleased to have The Sleep Guru Anandi on board. Anandi has helped thousands of people get the sleep of their dreams using holistic solutions.
By now we know about the clear proven links between lack of sleep and the effect on how we look. But there is also a profound connection between insomnia and the inability to lose weight. Unfortunately 51% of the British public have an issue with sleep in one form or another. And it now looks like obesity is about to hit epidemic levels. So what’s the connection, and what can we do about it?
“When you don’t sleep well, you will often feel more hungry and crave sugar and carbohydrates, so you will find you eat more of the wrong stuff,” Anandi says. “Behind the scenes there will be all sorts of things going on like thinning skin, elevated blood sugar, increased blood pressure, more adrenalin and cortisol swimming around your body and a lowered immune system. When all of this happens, your system starts to shut down and can’t metabolise food properly leaving you bloated, spotty and depressed.
“Your hair doesn’t look good either when you are suffering from sleep deprivation. There is a clear connection to thinning hair and wrinkles. If you then transport yourself forward to weeks, months or even years of poor sleep, things can get even more serious.
“The solution? A LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
“For starters, your diet is fundamental. For example, you need foods rich in tryptophan which is contained in foods like cottage cheese, brown rice, avocados, bananas, walnuts, tomatoes, soy protein, meat and turkey, starchy carbohydrates (bread, pasta, carrots and potatoes). Tryptophan is an amino acid you get only by consumption. The more colourful the food on your plate, the more goodness there is still in the food. Take a McDonalds for example – not much colour in a burger and chips is there (unless you smother with tomato sauce!)?
“You also need to look at your daily rituals. Is there any space in your day for fresh air, exercise, meditation or yoga? A tight body and a busy head is no good for sleep. Eating late is a no-no too – if your body is digesting, it will not be resting.”
For more information and inspiration, visit Anandi at www.thesleepguru.co.uk