Can Cutting Sugar Help You Sleep?

Do you ever wake up between 2 and 3 am in the morning? Do you feel tired and groggy after sleeping for 8 to 10 hours? Are you wired but tired and can't seem to get to bed at a decent time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from reducing sugar in your diet. A highly processed diet with an abundance of processed carbohydrates and sugar can increase cortisol levels which can disrupt sleep patterns. Naturally, cortisol in your body should be highest in the morning and should taper off during the day where it is lowest a night. When you consume too much sugar and processed carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, crackers, etc. this can cause your body to rely on cortisol to raise your blood sugar. This puts your body into a blood sugar roller coaster with highs and lows. Eventually, your body can not effectively maintain your blood sugar for extended periods of time so you feel fatigued, unrested after a good night's sleep, and may wake up in the middle of the night. Gradually cut out sugar and processed carbohydrates to help bring cortisol back into balance in your body and you will start to sleep better. Do you need help getting off sugar? Do you need someone to hold you accountable to your health goals? Do you know what to do but can't see to stick to healthy habits and continually "fall off the wagon"? You may benefit from working with a health coach. A health coach works with you to develop a plan unique to you by exploring your motivations, helping you develop simple goals and keeps you accountable.