Is Your Difficulty Sleeping Due to Your Eating Habits?

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Do you have difficulty sleeping?

Do you have difficulty sleeping?

If you do it could be due to the way you eat. Much credible research has found that the way you eat affects the way you sleep or don’t sleep.

If it is your diet that’s causing your difficulty sleeping there is no reason to panic. A few tweaks to your eating habits can help you overcome your difficulty sleeping and allow you to get better quality rest each night.

Habits to Help You Sleep Better

1. Remember both sleep and eating are interrelated

Sleeping well can curb your aptitude. Eating well can help you sleep better.

In addition, getting a good night’s sleep also helps prevent weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and many other serious conditions.

2. Vary what you eat

One study found that people who slept 7 to 8 hours a night ate the greatest variety of foods. This is because eating a variety of foods not only pleases your palate, it also gives you a wider variety of the nutrients your body needs.

3. Reduce your calorie intake

Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are a lot more common in people who are overweight or obese. This is another great reason for adapting a healthy weight management program.

4. Eat a small snack before retiring

Some people wake up in the middle of the night because they’re hungry. A better idea is to grab a small snack right before bed. This will keep your hunger pangs away. Sleeping through the night will greatly reduce the odds of you wandering into the kitchen and inhaling the rest of that apple pie you had at dinner.

5. Monitor how caffeine affects you          

While caffeine can temporarily heighten your awareness, it can also cause you to crash a few hours later. Instead of taking in large does of caffeine, drink smaller servings.

Limit the times of day you drink caffeine also. Instead of drinking them throughout the day, drink a half cup of coffee in the morning and another at lunch and always avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before bedtime.

6. Watch out for hidden sources of caffeine

Even though you give up coffee, you may still be ingesting caffeine. Caffeine is present in chocolate as well as in many medications, tea, and in soft drinks, especially those energy drinks.

7. Moderate your alcohol intake

While drinking alcohol may help you to fall asleep faster, it also interferes with the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. Sleep experts, and health experts in general, recommend no more than one alcoholic beverage per day for women and no more than two for men.

Changing Your Eating Habits for Better Sleep

1. Understand where and how you’re getting your micronutrients

Micronutrients are important substances your body requires in small amounts.

People who don’t have difficultly sleeping show better levels of micronutrients. A balanced, varied natural food diet will help supply these.

2. Eat foods that contain tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps promotes sleep. It is found in foods like dairy products, eggs, and nuts.

3. Eat more carbohydrates

Don’t worry about all those low Carbohydrate myths. Carbohydrates are good for you and enhance the effects of tryptophan. Try eating a bowl of cereal and milk for your evening snack.

4. Eat enough protein

Protein found in dairy products is a good source of tryptophan. Most experts suggest getting about 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories from protein.

5. Watch the fat

Foods that are high in fat not only can cause weight gain they can also interrupt your sleep. Instead of high fat dairy products, switch to ones that are low-fat or fat-free. Eat more chicken and fish or choose the leanest cuts of meat.

6. Limit spicy foods

Spicy foods may upset your stomach or give you heartburn. If you are going to eat spicy dishes eat them at lunch rather than dinner.

7. Stay away from energy drinks

Most energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and sugar, neither of which is good for you. Instead of energy drink try using natural boosters.

Try using natural stimulants, like drinking plenty of water or taking a daily walk. These won’t interfere with your sleep.

Use These Tips to Overcome Your Difficulty Sleeping

There is a close connection between what you eat and your ability to sleep.

Eating a variety of foods that are high in nutrients, along with sensible late night snacks, will help you stay well rested.

If you use these tips you too can get a good night’s sleep!


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Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

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