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Get your Zzzs: The Health Benefits of Sleep

With the busy lives we lead, sleep may get pushed to the back burner or moved to the bottom of our “to-do” list. When it comes down to it, we all need a good night’s sleep to feel rejuvenated, energized, and ready to take on those crazy busy days. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep each night is between seven to nine hours. The average American typically sleeps around six to seven hours each night. So, why is sleep so important, and how can we get more of it?

Getting enough sleep…

  • Helps us concentrate and prepares our brain to learn and accept as much information as possible.
  • Improves our overall health and decreases the risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and depression.
  • Supports mental and physical health by reducing anxiety and stress levels.
  • Provides us with the needed energy to live productive lives.

How can we get more sleep?

  • Cut the caffeine – since caffeine is a stimulant, it should be limited close to bed time. Keep in mind that caffeine is not only in coffee and tea! Caffeine sneaks its way into foods like chocolate, soda, some protein bars, or ice cream and yogurt (think “coffee” ice cream/yogurt).
  • Forgo the fat – we are all about consuming healthy fats such as those found in avocados, oils, nuts, and seeds, but, meals high in saturated fat could lead to indigestion and heartburn, which negatively affect your sleep.
  • Skip the sugar – by simply reducing our sugar intake, we can have a more sound sleep with less awakenings during the night.
  • Decrease the drinks – adequate daily hydration is important! Try to drink the majority of your fluids during the day, because a full bladder before bed could disrupt your sleep.
  • Partake in physical activity – being physically active each day can help prepare your body for a restful sleep.
  • Revamp your routine – start a relaxation routine before bedtime to begin winding down.

Nutrition and sleep are definitely related. By making small changes to our daily diet and sleep routine, we can have a better night’s sleep and be prepared for all life throws at us.

How do you make sure you get enough sleep each night?

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  • August 20, 2018



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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

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“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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