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That people on very low-carb diets , often have trouble sleeping due to low serotonin.


One of the biggest nutrition myths is that you should never eat carbohydrates at night because they will supposedly be turned into fat.

A related myth is that you should eat carbs in the morning so that your body can burn them off during the day.

Neither of these beliefs is true. They don’t reflect how your body actually works.

REASON #1: GREATER RELAXATION/BETTER MOOD.

Research shows that food can directly influence your brain neurotransmitter systems, which dramatically effect mood.

One neurotransmitter in particular that influences how you feel is serotonin.

Serotonin is best known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter, improving mood and providing a sense of calm.

When serotonin is elevated at night it enables restful sleep.

It just so happens that eating carbs is necessary for the body to synthesize serotonin.

When introducing more carbs into our clients nutrition plans post workout and the final meal of the day are our preference

REASON #2: IMPROVED SLEEP.

There’s a second way that having carbs at night can help you sleep.

In addition to raising serotonin, carbs help lower the stress hormone cortisol, which can inhibit sleep when it is elevated at night.

Don’t just follow the pack and always load up on carbs for breakfast if it’s not working for you.

Clearly, everyone responds differently to carbs, protein, and mixed meals based on everything from age and gender to metabolic health, dietary history, activity levels, cognitive requirement, and stress.

The research on carbs and having them in the evening are clear. Could you benefit more by utilizing the carbs in your daily nutrition in such a way?

Including complex carbs at dinner, such as fruits , grains or starchy veg like sweet potatoes may have a calming effect and get you a restful nights sleep.

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