We have the privilege of introducing Jess Spendlove, an Advanced Sports Dietician, as our in-house authority on all things nutrition and its relation to sleep. In this interview, she talks about her background and excitement to work with ResMed.
Over the past decade, I have worked with most professional sports codes in Australia, including AFL, NRL, netball, basketball, rugby, and soccer. Although I had a rewarding experience in professional sports, I am now focusing my time in the private sector to spread awareness about the impact of performance nutrition on elevating one's performance in all aspects of life.
I help athletes and business leaders harness the power of nutrition to enhance their performance while fitting into their current lifestyle.
I am a fan of routines and rituals at the start and end of each day. My morning routine includes meditation, exercise, breakfast, and planning my day.
My day could be spent working on my business, which involves creating content, writing emails or blogs, planning marketing, meeting with staff, and handling finances, or working with clients, which involves one-on-one premium coaching, meetings, and speaking engagements. After work, I have a sauna and cook dinner.
My bedtime routine involves cooling my bedroom, taking a warm shower, journaling, and reading or listening to a rain app.
The benefits are numerous! In the short term, it gives you the energy to start your day and sustain you throughout the day, better focus and productivity at work, energy for physical activity, improved moods, and a feeling of overall well-being. It also helps reduce stress.
The belief that dairy and wheat are inflammatory is not accurate. Numerous studies have shown that these foods have positive or neutral effects on inflammation. The difference between Greek yogurt and highly processed ice cream or between rye sourdough and heavily processed white bread is not the same, so we shouldn't criticize entire food categories.
I love how supportive nutrition and sleep are of each other. You can sleep better with better eating habits, and vice versa. Understanding the relationship between the two and having self-awareness can alter behavior. For example, poor sleep habits can lead to unhealthy eating habits, but with awareness, you can have coping mechanisms in place.
I have seen a strengthening of the plant-based movement, whether it's plant-exclusive, plant-predominant, or just an effort to eat more plants. It's important to start with small changes like a meatless Monday or one plant-based meal per week. Removing foods or food groups from your diet may increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies, so it's crucial to understand how to substitute or replace them.
I don't have cheat days, but I weave in treats or soul foods throughout the week. This could be wine, cheese, and chocolate, and I often eat out once or twice a week.
I aim for the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
I aim to raise awareness of the crucial role that nutrition plays in promoting better sleep. Most people are aware of what to avoid, such as alcohol and caffeine, but I want to focus on how certain nutritional habits, strategies, and foods can positively impact sleep.
Who wouldn't want to sleep better, have more energy throughout the day, and feel their best? If people, regardless of their life circumstances, have access to tools to improve their sleep through food and nutrition, which they must consume every day, multiple times a day, then that's a great outcome.
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
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