Suffering from Poor Sleep?
How Some Nutrition Habits Could Be Affecting Your Sleep Each Night.
You know you are in trouble when you’ve been staring at the ceiling all night and after a few hours of trying your best, you can see the sunlight coming up. It’s morning already. There goes another night of frustrations and lack of sleep.
Unknown to most people, what you eat affects how you sleep. Nutrition is an important factor that could determine the quality of your sleep.
Rest is ideally one of the most crucial elements of life that allow your body to continue functioning without breaking down and to repair itself.
Let’s see how your nutrition habits may be contributing to poor sleep.
Dietary habits that may affect your sleep
There are multiple reasons as to why you are having sleeping complications. One apparent reason is consuming stimulants such as caffeine and sugars that work on hormones and neurotransmitters to keep you awake longer. Foods such as dairy and spices may trigger indigestion and cause discomfort chasing away the sleep. Timing on when to eat food can also affect the quality of sleep.
How does nutrition affect your sleep?
Sleep complaints range from trouble sleeping, difficulty staying asleep, daytime drowsiness and non-restorative sleep:
Trouble sleeping- Very short sleepers are likely to consume less protein and carbohydrates in their diets. Also, their foods are more likely to be low on sodium levels, thiamin, theobromine, folic acid, iron, and water.
Difficulty staying asleep- this is connected to frequent use of heavy sodium foods, less varied diets and food containing low levels of carbohydrates and vitamin D. Although these individuals take food with high moisture content, they drink less water.
Daytime-sleepiness- it tends to come around when one gets used to consuming high-calorie diets or food that contain high carbohydrates.
Normal sleepers consume the broadest variety of nutritious food and water. This way, they achieve a great balance in their diets.
How to improve sleep by improving your diet
Dietary factors that seem to have significant impacts on good sleep include carbohydrates, alcohol, water, vitamin C as ascorbic acid, dodecanoic acid found in coconut and palm oil, choline present in meat, poultry, fish, dairy foods, pasta, rice, and egg, selenium found in brazil nuts, mushrooms and sea foods, lycopene found in watermelon, pink grapefruit and tomatoes, Lutein and zeaxanthin are two of the most abundant carotenoids present in the diet - they are the pigments responsible for the bright yellow, red, and orange colors of many fruits and vegetables.
If you are having sleep issues, here are some ways to deal with it:
Consistent normal sleepers get into the habit of eating the right quantity of calories, a balanced diet that contains protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Drinking plenty of natural spring water and consuming a wide variety of nutritional foods that are portioned correctly. Also be aware of the time that you eat your last meal of the day.
Alcohol deprives one sleep. Although it makes one drowsy initially, incorporating it in your meals regularly eventually impairs your sleeping patterns in the night.
Food such as raw milk, butter, coconut oil, and animal fat should be consumed in moderation.
An Alternative Medicine Solution for Your Sleep Problems
If you are having difficulty sleeping, it would be advisable to seek professional help from an experienced nutrition practitioner. In our office, Dr Stone will examine your sleeping habits and meal habits and will determine the right way on how to get better sleep. Let an expert like Dr Stone help you find balance in your nutritional habits to improve your sleeping patterns.
Numerous studies prove that too much or too little of specific foods in the diet affects the quality of sleep adversely. Correcting your dietary habits could be the first step into improving your quality of sleep.
You can visit our office to take a test and see if a good nutrition program can help you with your sleep issues.
What we offer is a personalized health improvement program called Nutrition Response Testing® that addresses your own body's imbalances and assists in correcting these imbalances - safely, naturally and effectively.