Sleep and Nutrition: Pre-Sleep Snacks, and How Your Diet Impacts Your Sleep (Episode 118)

The industry for pre-sleep supplements, foods, and products is booming. But what actually works, and how much does our diet actually impact our sleep quality and quantity? Greg and Lyndsey talk about how pre-sleep products are marketed, break down the science behind popular sleep supplements (like melatonin, magnesium, lavender, and more), and discuss how macronutrient distributions influence sleep. They also answer a few listener questions about pre-sleep protein and about the impact of eating meals right before bedtime.

0:00 – Intro

0:27 – What’s on your mind?

10:03 – Plugs and recommendations

13:53 – Sweet Dreams cereal

36:06 – Other pre-sleep food brands/claims – Nightfood and Sleepy Chocolate

44:33 – Ingredients purported to improve sleep: Zinc, Folic Acid, B Vitamins, Lavender, Chamomile, Typrophan, Magnesium, Melatonin, and Valerian sleep supplement guide

1:30:14 – Recommendations for pre-sleep meal/snacks

1:37:06 – How macronutrient distributions influence sleep

1:46:40 – Sugar/Carbohydrates

2:01:20 – Protein

2:03:47 – Fat

2:07:20 – General wrap-up and final thoughts


2:10:57 – Should you still eat protein before bed if doing so decreases sleep quality?

2:15:09 – Do you need a slow-digesting protein before sleep?

2:25:09 – Are there benefits of eating additional total calories (including carbs and carbohydrate) right before bed?

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