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      By Shelley Emling Huffpost

      Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Are you ready for a nap most afternoons? Studies show that older adults often take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep and that, when they do finally fall asleep, they sleep less deeply and wake up a lot.

      It's no wonder so many people over 50 lack energy.

      And that's why it's incredibly important not to compound the problem by eating foods that cause you to lose even more steam throughout the day.

      Therefore, check out our list of five energy-draining foods to avoid. Have your own ideas? Let us know in comments.

      1. Doughnuts/Sweet Rolls/Cereals
      It's unfortunate so many people grab something sugary for breakfast in the morning -- as this is exactly what you should NOT be eating if you want to get your day off to a good start. When you eat a lot of sugar, the carbohydrates get used up quickly and your blood sugar shoots up. As a result, your brain quits making orexin, a neuropeptide you need to feel alert. A better choice would be something with protein, like scrambled eggs.

      2. Foods Lacking In Iron
      If you don't get enough iron, you'll feel weak and fatigued. Foods with little iron include chicken, broccoli, pork and peanut butter. The best sources of iron tend to be red meats, legumes and some vegetables (spinach and green beans are both good if you want iron). Of course, too much iron also isn't good, leading to infections, organ damage and gastrointestinal troubles.

      3. Processed Foods
      White bread, white pasta and most other flour products that aren't whole grain will sap you of energy. Why? Because the starch in these products will cause your blood sugar to soar -- followed by the inevitable crashes that will make you feel tired.

      4. Turkey
      Yep, turkey has a natural sedative in it -- an amino acid called tryptophan. (Other foods with this amino acid are cottage cheese and tofu.) When it comes to turkey, there was even a "Seinfeld" episode in which Jerry feeds his girlfriend a big portion of turkey so that she'll go to sleep, giving him the chance to play with her rare toys.

      5. Fried Foods
      Foods like fried chicken and potato chips certainly can make you feel tired simply because your digestive system has to work extra hard to process the fats in these types of greasy foods.

      In addition to the above, drinking too much caffeine-packed coffee, as well as red wine -- which contains melatonin -- also can make you feel sluggish.

      Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3377819.html
      Comments 5 Comments
      1. Rdcopps's Avatar
        Rdcopps -
        30 minutes to fall asleep?!? Do those people work for a living? I can fall asleep in under 5 minutes flat at any time of the day or night.
      1. Bigcountry08's Avatar
        Bigcountry08 -
        I thought it was proven that the whole tryptophan putting people to sleep was a myth because the amount in Turkey is so small.
      1. AdonisBelt's Avatar
        AdonisBelt -
        Originally Posted by Rdcopps View Post
        30 minutes to fall asleep?!? Do those people work for a living? I can fall asleep in under 5 minutes flat at any time of the day or night.
        The average time it takes people to fall asleep is 7 minutes. Well done!
      1. jamesm11's Avatar
        jamesm11 -
        Originally Posted by Bigcountry08 View Post
        I thought it was proven that the whole tryptophan putting people to sleep was a myth because the amount in Turkey is so small.
        It was. But what do you expect from huffington post?
      1. discobisket's Avatar
        discobisket -
        Articles from the huffpuff post? This is now a spare site. Adios. Am done with huffington minds.

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