High Protein Diet Can Help You Sleep

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: A high protein diet may help you get better quality sleep.
Air Date: 5/17/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Higgins, MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
High Protein Diet Can Help You Sleep
Adults need at least eight hours of sleep per night. You need the energy from that rest and you need sleep support to make healthy food choices.

A recent study of 14 obese adults over a few weeks examined the effects of protein on weight loss. Both groups had the same caloric intake, but one group ate low protein diets and the other high. The weight loss in both groups was the same, but high protein participants had better quality sleep and more energy.

Protein contains tryptophan, an amino acid you hear mentioned at Thanksgiving as the catalyst for post-dinner napping. Tryptophan converts to serotonin, making you feel happier and giving you energy. The serotonin then converts to melatonin, making sleep easier.

If you have a hard time getting to bed, be sure you have some protein at dinner.

Dr. John Higgins joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how protein can help you sleep.