A good night of shut-eye can boost your energy, improve your skin, prevent dark circles, and keep your co-workers from witnessing a mid-morning grouch fest (guilty!). All that, and it's associated with speedier weight loss—so when we heard about a simple diet change that returns the favor, to say we were intrigued would be a gross understatement.
A food regimen that causes you to sleep better in addition to whittling your waist? Believe it: As recently reported by The Huffington Post, new research shows that getting the best of both worlds could be as simple as upping your protein intake.
In one study, two groups of participants on different dieting plans reported on how well and long they slept, discovering that those who consumed 20% protein had longer, better quality sleep than those who only consumed 10%. In science speak, protein affects your levels of melatonin and serotonin, neurotransmitters that regulate our moods and sleep cycles. Plus, the researchers found that the source of protein doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount—so whether you’re one for an early morning omelette or you're more of a quinoa fan, you may be able to put your fear of bad sleep to rest.
Which protein-packed foods are your diet-friendly favorites? Tell us in the comments below!