How Diet Effects Your Sleep

India
November 4, 2006 3:48am CST
What you eat during the day and evening can affect your sleepingpatterns. If your diet consists of a high amount of processed foods youmay want to try eating more wholesome products.You may want to eliminate, reduce, or substitute the amount of sugars,fats, and preservatives from your daily intake of food. This maybenefit your ability to fall asleep at night as well as improve yourgeneral health.Eat a well balanced diet by following the recommended daily food allowance.Make sure you are meeting the daily requirements for fresh fruits andvegetables. Eat complex carbohydrates and choose protein that is low infat. You can also choose healthy meat substitutes, such at tofu andvegetarian burgers.Become aware of any food allergies that you have and try to avoid them.If your body is allergic to certain foods it may affect the way youthink and feel.This could be a contributing factor to your sleep problem. Some commonfood allergies that are known to contribute to insomnia are corn, dairyproducts, wheat, and chocolate.Try to schedule your last evening meal at least four hours before bed.Eat a healthy, well balanced meal. Try not to overeat as this may causeyou to become tired after your meal.You want to avoid feeling tired or napping in the early evening hoursas this will greatly hinder your ability to fall asleep at bedtime. Aswell, try to eat enough so that you are not hungry later and findyourself reaching for foods that are high in fat or sugars.If you find that you are hungry before bed you may find that a smallsnack an hour or two before bedtime will help. Avoid foods that arehigh in protein, fats, and sugars.You should also avoid foods that are too heavy or spicy. Try a bit ofcereal and milk or one serving of low-fat yogurt. The key idea is toprovide your body with a bit of nourishment to avoid hunger pangs andnot overindulge in an evening snack.The goal is to reduce your hunger and allow your body to rest and relax.Make sure that you drink enough water during the day. Studies show thatyour daily recommended water intake should be around 8 glasses, or 2liters.If your body is well hydrated it won't signal you to wake up during thenight. Try to avoid drinking water or other liquids one hour before bedif the need to urinate wakes you up during the night.The healthier you eat the more balanced you will feel both physically and emotionally.The target here is to get you to sleep regularly and deeply without waking during the night.
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@neer22 (121)
• India
6 Nov 06
DIET NOT ONLY AFFECTS OUR SLEEP BUT ALSO OUR MOOD. WE SHOULD EAT ONLY HALF STOMACH,25%H2O &25% AIR OR EMPTY. ALSO NON-SPICY FOOD SHOULD BE TAKEN.
@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
4 Nov 06
Thanks for this post, it certainly provides some interesting diet advice that we could all use in this world of processed foods we live in now.