I’m not going to beat the proverbial dead horse on this issue because it’s totally accurate to state that eating only raw fruits and vegetables benefits the human body in a myriad of ways; and one of the most important is getting a good night’s sleep. What stops this night of restful bliss is stress; and nutritional stress, like all other stressors, will trigger the production of cortisol, a hormone that lowers the ability to enjoy a deep sleep phase that restores the body. This produces poor sleep quality which leads to fatigue. It also leads to cravings for caffeine and/or sugar and changes hormone levels that make it harder to lose weight and keep muscles toned, even if you’re into physical fitness workouts.
In order to stop the cycle of sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality, you must switch to a plantarian diet as part of a lifestyle change. The plantarian diet focuses on whole foods that are unprocessed and contain no artificial ingredients—eating organic when possible—because nutritional stress is caused by eating highly processed foods and those that contain genetic modifications. It is almost logical that when you consume healthy foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, your body is taking in nutrient dense foods that lead to better and more effective periods of sleep.
The idea is to consume nourishing foods during the day via nutrient dense, plant-based foods. Green, leafy vegetables contain high amounts of magnesium and calcium, both of which help the body relax and enter into a restful and peaceful sleep. Further, the high quality of nutrients in raw fruits and vegetables allow the body and brain to heal and repair cells. For the brain, this is especially important because those nutrients are needed to produce good amino acids and the neurotransmitters that help during the process of sleeping. This also, as noted above, keeps cortisol levels down so you can sleep better; and better sleep means reduced cravings for sugars, processed foods, starches and a burst of energy.
It’s not that you will sleep longer, it’s a way to sleep better and have more energy. Believe it or not, the simple banana has a calming effect on the body, and sweet potatoes, avocados, kale, spinach, squash, and broccoli are all high in vitamin B6, magnesium, and tryptophan all help produce a better and healthier cycle of sleep. And if you happen to be sleeping in the same room with someone who snores at earth shattering decibels, get that person on the plantarian diet with you. Both of you will sleep better, have more energy, and the snoring will stop.