We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that eating breakfast can help you to sleep at night?
Our Silentnight sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan says: ""Eating breakfast within 30 minutes after waking up is one of my golden rules. So many people who struggle to get out of bed skip breakfast and become reliant on caffeine to get them through the day. Eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking sends a message to the brain that there is adequate food in our environment and creates the ideal internal chemistry for optimal sleep.
Nerina even has her own special breakfast recipe, Nerina's Nutty Granola!
Nerina added: "The ideal breakfasts for good sleep include things like porridge topped with nuts and seeds, eggs with wholemeal toast or natural yoghurt with muesli and fruit."
Here are more reasons why you shouldn't skip breakfast this National Breakfast Week (24th - 30th January)
• Avoids overeating:
• Studies show eating a healthy breakfast in the morning reduces the likelihood of over-eating throughout the day.
• Increased fitness levels
• Researchers have discovered people who eat breakfast regularly have increased energy levels, leading to improved fitness when compared to those who don't.
• Increased focus at work and school
• Skipping breakfast reduces your ability to focus on certain tasks as your brain needs a fresh supply of glucose to re-fuel. Skipping breakfast is a key contributor to you having poorer memory.
• Improved immune system
Eating breakfast helps to fight the colds and flus that are especially common during this time of year. Help protect your immune system by sitting down and eating a healthy breakfast.
• Improved skin
Egg fan? However you have them, boiled, scrambled, poached or fried, eggs contain lutein, a carotenoid antioxidant which helps to preserve the skin's elasticity and protects skin cells from free radical damage.
• Healthy heart
• Eating breakfast is said to promote a healthy heart by lowering the chance of developing diabetes and lowering blood pressure. When we eat breakfast, we tend to eat less fat and get more fibre into our diets, leading to a lower chance of overeating.
• Gain essential nutrients
Breakfast is packed full of nutrients which your body needs to function efficiently and healthily. Vitamins such as folate, iron, vitamin B and fibre. Our bodies need a boost of nutrients in the morning to kickstart the digestion.
Check out Dr Nerina's Nutty Granola here.