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How to get a better night’s sleep

Gemma Hurditch from the College of Naturopathic Medicine helps us sleep well

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Getting a good night’s sleep is a tonic for everyone, and yet it doesn’t make the priority list often enough. Poor sleep is now a known risk factor for health deterioration, including obesity and all-cause mortality risk, so it is certainly worth improving our skills at getting a good night’s kip.

Eat well – making sure we are happily satiated is one way of improving our chances for better sleep. We should be comfortably full, but not ‘stuff ed’. Most people feel good eating dinner 2-3 hours before bed. If you have a particularly fast metabolism, you may get away with a shorter gap between eating and bedtime. If you are hungry after dinner, having a small handful of (pre-soaked) nuts can improve your blood sugar levels and promote sleep. Opt for whole-food, minimally processed, nutritious meals. Refined or takeaway foods are often full of additives, preservatives, trans-fats, salt, sugars and oils, which can be difficult to digest and, as a result, keep you awake.

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After all the overindulgence of Christmas, it's time to start thinking about a fresher approach to cooking and we have plenty of vegan recipes to inspire in the January issue of Vegan Food & Living. From the cauliflower kung pao on the cover to chickpea curry, bean feast chilli and lentil moussaka, we've got plenty to tempt you. Also this issue, we've got comfort food from Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard, a Chinese feast you can whip up for just £1 a portion, show-stopping bakes that will truly impress and easy mid-week dinners. Plus we reveal how you can coach a friend through Veganuary, how to cope if you're the only vegan in the office and share 10 steps to a happier you in 2020. This issue, to celebrate Veganuary, we also have a free guide to Veganuary with a 7 day meal plan, the best supermarket buys, easy swaps and meals requiring just 5 ingredients. Don't miss out, download the issue today!