Healthy Food at School = A Good Night’s Sleep

31 Oct 2023

Good nutrition at school plays a vital role in ensuring that children have a good night’s sleep. This connection between nutrition and sleep is significant for several reasons. 

A well-balanced diet provides children with the necessary nutrients and energy to support their physical and cognitive development. Nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, help regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day. Stable blood sugar levels prevent energy crashes, irritability, and mood swings, which can disrupt a child’s ability to relax and fall asleep at night. Furthermore, essential nutrients like magnesium and tryptophan, found in foods like nuts, seeds, and dairy products, promote the production of serotonin and melatonin, hormones that regulate sleep-wake cycles.

In contrast, a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and artificial additives can lead to spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels, causing restlessness and discomfort during the night. Additionally, such foods may contribute to conditions like obesity and sleep apnea, which are known to disrupt sleep patterns.

A well-nourished child is also more likely to concentrate and perform better in school, reducing the anxiety and stress associated with poor academic performance. Proper nutrition not only supports physical health but also aids in emotional regulation, making it easier for children to manage stress and anxiety, which can often interfere with sleep.

Good nutrition at school is a fundamental factor in ensuring that children get a good night’s sleep. It helps stabilize energy levels, regulates the production of sleep-inducing hormones, and supports both physical and mental health. By providing children with the necessary nutrients they need, schools can play a crucial role in promoting healthy sleep habits, ensuring that students are well-rested, alert, and ready to learn.

Steel Plus Network is proud to house the Kids of Steel Endowment Fund where all contributions go to school nutrition programs located in the cities and towns our members are located. Since the launch of this incredible initiative in May 2023, SPN members have collectively raised over $80,000 CDN! Will you consider contributing to this program? To find out more, visit: Kids of Steel and to contribute, visit: the Steel Plus Store. Thank you for your support!

Let’s keep our kids healthy and give them a good night’s sleep to be their very best!