Updated: Jul 29, 2022
What You Eat Will Affect Your Sleep
One of the things that hinder people from getting better sleep is the set of foods that they eat. This is because these foods might contain ingredients and other properties that can really affect the person's chemical balance. If you think that the foods that you are eating affect you in getting better sleep, try assessing your food intake for one day.
What you can do is list down all the foods—including the drinks—that you have taken in for one day and make an assessment after that day. In this way, you can track down which foods and drinks you have taken affect your sleeping habits.
The following are just some of the list of foods that might lead one to troublesome and uncomfortable sleeping at bedtime:
1. Too much food intake.
This is considered the major culprit why many people—especially those who don’t have sleeping problems before—are having a hard time sleeping all of a sudden. Experts say that if a person has overeaten, the tendency is that the stomach will have a hard time digesting it. Too much food may also affect how the digestive system work and may even cause clinical conditions such as ulcer if done regularly.
2. Foods that contain too much fat.
Experts say that people are eating foods that have too much fat are prone to not sleeping well at night because it creates a lot of digesting work for the stomach. If one wants to get better sleep, he or she should cut down on foods that are too rich or fatty so there will be lesser work for the stomach, especially at bedtime.
3. Too many spicy or acidic foods.
These sets of foods can very much affect one's sleeping habits, especially at nighttime. If one eats too many sets of spicy foods before sleep it can lead to troubles in the stomach and even heartburn which makes it harder for you to lie down and get better sleep at night.
4. Too much alcohol intake.
Some people say that alcohol may help one to get better sleep but on the contrary, it doesn’t especially if he or she has taken too much of it.
5. Foods that contain caffeine especially if you are sensitive to it.
These are another set of culprits for people who are having trouble sleeping. If you are prone to not sleeping, it is best to avoid foods as well as drinks that have high caffeine content such as coffee, chocolates, sodas that are caffeinated as well as teas.
To get better sleep, it is best to not consume these for a while. Or if you really cannot do without these, try minimizing your consumption even for a couple of days. Once you get your sleeping pattern back, you may go back to consuming these but only to limited content so you would not go back to having sleeping problems again.
The take-home message: Too much of anything is no good. It takes you out of balance. Indulging once in a while is perfectly fine. But overdoing or underdoing things isn't helpful. There are foods that help with better sleep. But in general, eat a balanced diet and your sleep will thank you.
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