Intermittent fasting has become a popular diet trend in recent years for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it doesn’t dictate what you eat—only when. In addition to the weight loss results, people who try intermittent fasting often say they feel more energetic, think clearer, and sleep better, to name a few outcomes.
Rachel Cheatham, a nutrition expert and the founder of Foodscape Group, took up intermittent fasting because she’d heard it could help with sleep: As a researcher in the field of how food, mood and diet relate, Cheatham had noticed she couldn’t fall asleep easily when she ate a late dinner, so she began experimenting with changing her meal times to see how it would impact her sleep.
Over time, Cheatham started eating dinner earlier and earlier—and getting better sleep—until she gradually transitioned into a full-on intermittent fasting approach with a true time-restricted feeding window.
Excerpted from Parade