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How Neurotransmitters in Our Food Influence Our Sleep

August 26th, 2020

By: Duke Health & Well-Being Nutrition Team We know there are certain foods and eating patterns that are conducive to sleep. In this post, we take a closer look at the neurological mechanisms involved. The food we eat influences the body’s release of specific neurotransmitters related to sleep. Neurotransmitters are messengers released from nerve cells that communicate with neighboring cells. ...

Eight Simple Things You Can Do to Renew Your Sense of Purpose and Health

August 21st, 2020

By Kathleen J. Murray, LSW, MSW. Clinical Social Worker. Duke Diet & Fitness Center. Many people, at this point in the COVID crisis, are experiencing a sense of low-grade depression, emptiness, grief, and loneliness. One of the remedies for this is to discover and/or renew our sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Understanding the Connections between Sleep and Nutrition

August 11th, 2020

By: The Duke Health & Well-Being Nutrition Team Sleep plays an important role in health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Like most aspects of health, nutrition can play an important role. Sleep and nutrition have a cyclical relationship; sleep quality can affect hunger cues and lead to increased risk for weight gain, while proper nutrition and timing of meals can ...

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