Poor Nutrition: The Real Reason You’re Tired

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You’re hungry—or stuffed. That’s right: Eating too much or too little food during the day can make you feel sluggish and crave climbing under the covers.

When you eat too much food, the digestion of those calories takes a lot of energy which can make you feel sleepy. Add a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage to the mix and you’re shifting into snooze-mode. Your body will begin to relax and be ready for a snooze.

Skipping meals or eating too little makes your body crave forty winks for a different reason. Food and calories equal energy. Without enough energy, a nap becomes a necessity.

The best way to eat during the day is to have balanced meals where you don’t walk away from the table stuffed. Have a combination of protein, carbohydrates and some heart healthy fats and make sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables into the day. Don’t skip breakfast and let yourself have some snacks.

Registered dietician Elizabeth Fassberg runs Eat Food, a New York City-based company that designs and delivers custom food and nutrition programs for businesses, organizations and individuals. She’s coaching the Avagliano family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.