What’s sugar got to do with sleep?
Sugar has a huge impact on your health and your energy (you know you’ve experienced a sugar crash at least once!). But, what you may find interesting to know is that sugar also plays a role in the quality of sleep you get. (Here are 15 other reasons why cutting back on sugar is beneficial for your health.) So, what is it about sugar and what does it do to our bodies? We spoke with two registered dietitians to find out exactly how sugar affects sleep.
First, it’s important to know that not all sugars are the same. When we think of sugar, we often think of sweet treats like candy and cookies, but sugar can come in many different forms and it’s important to understand them. Jennifer Sygo, registered dietitian and sports nutritionist at Cleveland Clinic Canada, explains: “What we consider to be ‘free’ sugars are those that are added to foods (like candy and cereals) and drinks like pop or chocolate milk. Other examples of free sugars are honey, agave and maple syrups.” It’s these types of sugars that are often the culprits of more intense spikes and crashes in our blood sugar. (They’re also the type of sugar that tend to be more addictive.)
The type of sugars considered healthier (in moderation, of course) are those found in their bound form. “These would be the ‘natural’ sugars, present in things like fruit and milk,” says Sygo. Make sure you know these 5 things when it comes to alcohol and blood sugar.